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An 81-year-old man underwent percutaneous mitral valve repair (MitraClip) due to severe symptomatic mitral valve regurgitation. Coronary heart disease was excluded prior to mitral valve repair. Approximately 8 h after the uneventful and successful intervention, the patient presented with progressive abdominal pain, in particular tenderness in the right upper quadrant with guarding. Laboratory tests did not reveal any acute alterations; serum lactate was 2.4 mmol/L. Bedside ultrasonography showed a distended ascending colon with a pronounced hyperechoic large bowel wall (figure 1A). Native CT imaging was performed (figure 1B). The patient subsequently underwent emergency laparotomy.
Contributors AN: compilation of the case and figures, writing of the manuscript. WN, MS and TMG: compilation of the case and figures, critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content.
Competing interests None.
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