Interesting Case of Superior Mesenteric Artery Syndrome

D Hsu et al. JPGN Reports; 2022; doi: 10.1097/PG9.0000000000000194. Open Access: Superior Mesenteric Artery Syndrome in an Adolescent With Anorexia and Suspected Pancreatitis

“A 17-year-old … presented with cachexia, nonbilious, nonbloody emesis, lower abdominal discomfort, and decreased oral intake for four days and 40 lb weight loss for 1 year”…Lipase was 4544 U/L, and abdominal ultrasound was reported as normal. Due to “persistent emesis, despite being on bowel rest… CT abdomen and pelvis was performed, which showed a massively dilated stomach and duodenum with cutoff at the third portion of the duodenum..due to the severity of the obstruction, duodenojejunal anastomosis, and gastrostomy tube placement were performed.”

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