Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome: An Exceptional Cause of Abdominal Pain
Keywords:Median arcuate ligament syndrome, Postprandial abdominal pain, Laparoscopic surgery, Nausea, Celiac disease, Coronary artery disease
Abstract: Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome (MALS) is caused by the compression of celiac artery by median arcuate ligament and may cause serious symptoms; such as abdominal pain and weight loss. Here we present a 56 year old man with MALS, whom suffered of postprandial abdominal pain, weight loss, nausea and vomiting. Laparoscopic surgery revealed his symptoms after MALS diagnosis was established. In conclusion, MALS should be considered in the differential diagnosis of patients with complaints of postprandial abdominal pain, nausea and weight loss. Laparoscopic surgery could be as successful as other treatment options in these patients.