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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2012, Article ID 195926, 3 pages
Case Report

Venous Small Bowel Infarction: Intraoperative Laser Doppler Flowmetry Discriminates Critical Blood Supply and Spares Bowel Length

Department of General, Visceral, Vascular and Thoracic Surgery, Hospital of Liestal, University of Basel, 4410 Liestal, Switzerland

Received 15 July 2012; Accepted 23 September 2012

Academic Editor: Martin G. Mack

Copyright © 2012 S. A. Käser 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.


Introduction. In mesenteric infarction due to arterial occlusion, laser Doppler flowmetry and spectrometry are known reliable noninvasive methods for measuring microvascular blood flow and oxygen utilisation. Case Presentation. As an innovation we used these methods in a patient with acute extensive mesenteric infarction due to venous occlusion, occurring after radical right hemicolectomy. Aiming to avoid short bowel syndrome, we spared additional 110 cm of small bowel, instead of leaving only 80 centimetres of clinically viable small bowel in situ. The pathological examination showed only 5 mm of vital mucosa to be left distal to the dissection margin. No further interventions were necessary. Conclusion. Laser doppler flowmetry and spectrometry are potentially powerful methods to assist the surgeon’s decision-making in critical venous mesenteric perfusion, thus having an important impact on clinical outcome.