Superior mesenteric artery syndrome in a tetraplegic patient, 11 years after a spinal cord injury: A case report

S. J. Kim, Joon Shik Yoon, Byung Kyu Park, S. J. Won

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Abstract

Study design:Case report.Objective:To report on the need to consider the possibility of the superior mesenteric artery syndrome (SMAS) even after a long time from the initial spinal cord injury.Setting:Ulsan, South Korea.Methods:A 41-year-old man with complete tetraplegia was evaluated for nausea and vomiting. He had a cervical cord injury 11 years previously and his body mass index was 18.6 on admission. The contrast-enhanced abdominal computed tomography (CT) showed intestinal obstruction at the third-portion of the duodenum. With frequent position change and intravenous electrolyte support, the symptoms resolved. There was no relapse of the symptoms with some lifestyle modifications.Conclusion:Patients with spinal cord injury may develop SMAS even long after their initial injury.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)838-839
Number of pages2
JournalSpinal Cord
Volume48
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Nov 1

Keywords

  • SMAS
  • spinal cord injury
  • superior mesenteric artery syndrome
  • tetraplegia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology

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