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Haemorrhagic necrosis of small intestine and acute pancreatitis following open-heart surgery
  1. E. H. Horton,
  2. S. K. Murthy,
  3. R. M. E. Seal
  1. Sully Hospital, Glam.


    Five cases of haemorrhagic necrosis of the small intestine occurring after valve replacement under cardiopulmonary bypass are described. In one case, in addition to the above, there was an unusual complication, namely acute pancreatitis. The possible causes are discussed. The importance of hypotension before, during, or after bypass, or in the post-operative phase, is stressed.

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