Vascular compression of the duodenum

J R Soc Med. 1986 Aug;79(8):465-7. doi: 10.1177/014107688607900811.


Compression of the third or fourth part of the duodenum by the superior mesenteric artery or one of its branches is the anatomic basis for some cases of duodenal obstruction. Two cases of vascular obstruction of the duodenum after surgical correction of scoliosis are presented. The embryologic and pathoanatomic bases for this condition, and the rationale for treatment, are described.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Duodenal Obstruction / etiology*
  • Duodenum / diagnostic imaging
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Postoperative Complications*
  • Radiography
  • Scoliosis / surgery*
  • Superior Mesenteric Artery Syndrome / diagnostic imaging
  • Superior Mesenteric Artery Syndrome / etiology*
  • Superior Mesenteric Artery Syndrome / therapy