median arcuate ligament syndrome

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median arcuate ligament syndrome

A condition characterised by compression of the coeliac artery, and possibly also coeliac ganglia, by the median arcuate ligament, resulting in abdominal pain at meal time, often leading to weight loss, and typically accompanied by a buit. While the median arcuate ligament crosses in front of the coeliac artery in up to 25% of the general population, it is symptomatic in only 1%; it is more commonly symptomatic in women age 20 to 40, especially if thin.

Clinical findings
Abdominal pain, anorexia, weight loss, nausea, exercise intolerance, gastroparesis.

Angiography: focal narrowing of proximal coeliac artery and post-compression dilatation; hooked contour of the artery.

Surgery: divide ligament, remove coeliac ganglion; bypass graft if needed.
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* Of patients with median arcuate ligament syndrome (MALS), 87% were asymptomatic and incidentally diagnosed at CT.
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A New Laparoscopic Manoeuvre in Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome. Balkan Med J 2017;34:590-2
This can lead to dynamic compression of the celiac trunk resulting in postprandial abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and weight loss.1,2,6 This condition is called median arcuate ligament syndrome (MALS) and is more common in thin women.1,6,7 It is defined by the dynamic compression and narrowing of proximal celiac artery by the anomalous MAL.
without median arcuate ligament syndrome carried out from July 2011 to June 2013.
Clinical and radiologic review of uncommon cause of profound iron deficiency anemia: median arcuate ligament syndrome. Korean J Radiol 2014; 15: 439.
The term "median arcuate ligament syndrome" came to be often quoted as "celiac trunk compression syndrome", as if to emphasize the hemodynamic aspect of its cause (Szilagyi et al., 1972).
The laparoscopic approach in the median arcuate ligament syndrome. Swiss Med.