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CardioVascular and Interventional Radiology

, Volume 24, Issue 5, pp 329–331 | Cite as

Spontaneous Dissection of the Superior Mesenteric Artery

  • Patrick J. Sheldon
  • James B. Esther
  • Elana L. Sheldon
  • Steven R. Sparks
  • David P. Brophy
  • Steven B. Oglevie
Pictorial Essay

Abstract

Spontaneous dissection of the superior mesenteric artery (SMA) is a rare occurrence, especially when not associated with aortic dissection [1]. Currently, only 28 cases appear to have been reported. Due to the scarcity of cases in the literature, the natural history of isolated, spontaneous SMA dissection is unclear. CT has been reported to be useful for the initial diagnosis of SMA dissection [2–5]. We present two recent cases of spontaneous SMA dissection in which enhanced spiral CT was instrumental in following the disease process and guiding clinical decision making.

Keywords

Superior Mesenteric Artery Aortic Dissection Mesenteric Ischemia False Lumen True Lumen 
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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Patrick J. Sheldon
    • 1
  • James B. Esther
    • 2
  • Elana L. Sheldon
    • 3
  • Steven R. Sparks
    • 4
  • David P. Brophy
    • 2
  • Steven B. Oglevie
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Radiology, University of California San Diego Medical Center, 200 West Arbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92103USA
  2. 2.Department of Radiology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, West Campus, CC308E, One Deaconess Road, Boston, MA 02215USA
  3. 3.Department of Medicine, University of California San Diego Medical Center, 200 West Arbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92103USA
  4. 4.Department of Surgery, University of California San Diego Medical Center, 200 West Arbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92103USA

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