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Superior mesenteric artery syndrome
Other Names for this Disease
- Arteriomesenteric duodenal compression syndrome
- Cast syndrome
- Vascular compression of the duodenum
- Wilkie syndrome
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Superior mesenteric artery syndrome is a digestive system disorder which occurs when the superior mesenteric artery obstructs the duodenum as it crosses over it. In some persons, possibly because the angle between the aorta and the superior mesenteric artery is or becomes more acute than normal, the duodenum is partially obstructed, and the patient becomes symptomatic, usually when precipitating factors accentuate the vascular compression of the duodenum.
Last updated: 7/26/2012
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