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Anticoagulation-induced spontaneous intramural small bowel haematomas

Anticoagulation-induced spontaneous intramural small bowel haematomas

Small intestinal intramural haematomas may develop spontaneously, especially in patients with deranged clotting function. We present a case of a 57-year-old man who developed abdominal pain in the setting of abnormal clotting function secondary to an inadvertent warfarin overdose. A CT scan showed thickening of parts of the distal ileum, terminal ileum and duodenum. Dilation of the small bowel proximal to the thickening was also reported, indicative of a degree of small bowel obstruction. The patient was treated conservatively with a nasogastric tube and intravenous fluids. His anticoagulation was fully reversed with fresh frozen plasma and vitamin K. The patient remained well 6 months following discharge, with well-controlled anticoagulation levels and resolution of the findings on CT.

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