A 15-month-old boy presented in shock with a supraventricular tachycardia following a 12-h history of worsening abdominal pain and vomiting. The supraventricular tachycardia reverted to sinus tachycardia with fluid resuscitation and adenosine. He was noted to have a distended and firm abdomen. A presumptive diagnosis of intestinal ischaemia was subsequently confirmed at laparotomy when an internal hernia with a distal small bowel volvulus and necrosis was found. Intestinal ischaemia presenting with a life-threatening cardiac dysrhythmia in a child appears not to have been reported previously.