Doppler ultrasound diagnosis of an unusual variant of median arcuate ligament syndrome: concomitant involvement of celiac and superior mesenteric arteries. A case report.

Deniz Akan, Alper Ozel, Ozge Orhan, Emre Bozdag, Muzaffer Basak


Median arcuate ligament syndrome (MALS), also known as celiac artery compression syndrome is a rare condition characterized by chronic mesenteric ischemia, secondary to the compression of the celiac artery by the median arcuate ligament. Occasionally, in addition to the celiac artery, the superior mesenteric artery may be partially compressed by the median arcuate ligament. We report a case with complaints of chronic abdominal pain from compression of both the celiac artery and the superior mesenteric artery due to MALS, which was primarily detected by Doppler ultrasound. The diagnosis was confirmed with CT-angiography.


median arcuate ligament syndrome; celiac artery; superior mesenteric artery; hepatic artery; Doppler ultrasound

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