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BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 11 September 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:696
  1. P B Sabapathy, senior resident in surgery,
  2. A K Sharma, assistant professor in transplant surgery
  1. Chandigarh, India

    It was a busy on call for our surgical unit when a 50 year old veterinary surgeon presented at the accident and emergency department with severe abdominal pain and distension of 10 hours' duration He had not passed wind or motions since the beginning of the episode His vomit was green. He had also been having loose motions—about two or three episodes a day—in the preceding six days.

    On examination, …

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