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Duplex Ultrasonography of the Mesenteric Circulation

  • William R. Flinn
  • Gail P. Sandager

Abstract

Arterial occlusive disease of the celiac and superior mesenteric arteries is rare and patients with symptomatic mesenteric ischemia are encountered infrequently. However, the clinical manifestations of mesenteric occlusive lesions remain enigmatic and range from asymptomatic to catastrophic. Acute occlusions of the celiac artery (CA) and the superior mesenteric artery (SMA) due to thrombosis or embolism can produce extensive, irreversible gut ischemia requiring emergency treatment, and the mortality from these events remains among the highest of all vascular emergencies. The true incidence of chronic atherosclerotic occlusive disease of the main mesenteric vessels is not well established, the precise relationship to symptoms is poorly understood, and the rate of disease progression is undocumented.

Keywords

Superior Mesenteric Artery Duplex Ultrasonography Celiac Trunk Celiac Artery Duplex Scanning 
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  • William R. Flinn
  • Gail P. Sandager

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