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Case Reports in Gastrointestinal Medicine
Volume 2015, Article ID 747989, 4 pages
Case Report

Ischemic Colitis Caused by Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump Counterpulsation

1Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA
2Internal Medicine, UMKC School of Medicine, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA
3Section of Gastroenterology/Hepatology, Temple University Hospital, 3401 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140, USA
4Saba University School of Medicine, Church Street The Bottom, P.O. Box 1000, Saba, Dutch Caribbean, Netherlands

Received 3 July 2015; Accepted 13 October 2015

Academic Editor: Shiro Kikuchi

Copyright © 2015 H. El-Halawany et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Intra-aortic balloon pump counterpulsation (IABP) has been shown to prolong life in critically ill cardiac patients. However, complications including distal emboli, balloon rupture, bleeding, limb loss, and bowel ischemia continue to be associated with them. We present a case of a 56-year-old male who suffered bowel ischemia as a result of a malpositioned IABP. While the benefit of such devices in critically ill patients is not disputed, patients as well as clinicians should be aware of the potential side effects and patients undergoing IABP placement should be monitored for complications.