Spontaneous dissection of coeliac and superior mesenteric artery: Double whammy

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Isolated dissection of one of the mesenteric arteries without concurrent involvement of the aorta is a rare clinical entity and an unusual cause of abdominal pain. It usually involves one artery, most commonly the superior mesenteric artery (SMA) followed by the coeliac artery. We are reporting a rare case where both coeliac and SMA were showing dissection. We are reporting a case of 60-year-old hypertensive male who came with worsening abdominal pain for 5 days; CT scan showed coeliac and SMA dissection without any imaging evidence of intestinal ischaemia. He was successfully managed medically with bowel rest and anticoagulation. Two weeks of follow-up CT scan showed no progression or thrombus formation. For complicated cases, percutaneous transluminal angioplasty of a visceral artery or open surgical exploration or hybrid approach is required. However, for stable uncomplicated cases, medical therapy alone is sufficient.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere240047
JournalBMJ Case Reports
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 15-03-2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Medicine


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