Superior Mesenteric Artery Syndrome: Diagnosis and Treatment Strategies

  title={Superior Mesenteric Artery Syndrome: Diagnosis and Treatment Strategies},
  author={N. D. Merrett and Richard BloomfeldFarra Wilson and P. H. Cosman and Andrew V. Biankin},
  journal={Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery},
Superior mesenteric artery (SMA) syndrome is an unusual cause of vomiting and weight loss resulting from the compression of the third part of the duodenum by the SMA. Various medical and psychiatric conditions may result in the initial rapid weight loss which causes narrowing of the aortomesenteric angle. The vomiting and obstructive syndrome is then self-perpetuated regardless of the initiating factors. The young age and nonspecific symptoms often lead to a delay in diagnosis. A series of… CONTINUE READING
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