Dobutamine stress echocardiography resulting in acute gastric dilatation and pneumoporta

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Acute gastric dilatation is a rare cause of gas within the hepatic portal vein, but one that is important to recognise as prompt decompression via a nasogastric tube is usually successful in resolving the situation. We report the rare case of a 68-year-old man with spontaneous acute gastric dilatation 50 minutes after a dobutamine stress echo that resulted in pneumoporta. The patient had a Nissen’s fundoplication 18 months previously; patients with previous antireflux surgery or who have a degree of gastric outlet obstruction may be at increased risk of this unusual condition. Conservative management, with placement of a nasogastric tube was successful in resolving his symptoms.

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