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Presentation on theme: "SUPERIOR MESENTERIC ARTERY SYNDROME"— Presentation transcript:

Dr. ST Hung Princess Margaret Hospital

2 History F/73 Past Health:
Metastatic CA breast ( Lung, Mediastinal LN ), on Femara® (letrozole) since 6/2012 for palliative intent Admit for repeated bilious vomiting for days abdominal distension BO once every 2-3 days Decrease intake & weight loss

3 Physical Examinations
Cachexic Afebrile, BP/ P stable Abdomen: grossly distended, succusion splash+, no mass or hernia PR: No mass, brownish stool

4 AXR Supine Erect

5 CT abdomen & Pelvis with Contrast


7 OGD Lateral AP


9 Superior Mesenteric Artery Syndrome

10 Introduction The superior mesenteric artery syndrome is defined as vascular compression of the third part of the duodenum in the angle between the aorta and the superior mesenteric artery. First described by Austrian Professor Carl Freiherr von Rokitansky in 1842 Wilkie published the first comprehensive series of 75 patients, after which the eponym “Wilkie’s Syndrome” emerged Other names: arteriomesenteric duodenal compression syndrome, chronic duodenal ileus and cast syndrome

11 Epidemiology Unknown incidence; roughly estimated to be around to 0.3% in general population Females are more commonly affected, in ratio of 3:2 About two thirds of patients are in age group between 10-39 Cases described in preterm male of 23 weeks & 86 years old man No racial difference

12 Related Anatomy

13 Related Anatomy & Pathogenesis
Aorto-mesenteric angle ≈ 6° to 16° (Normal: 38-65°) Aorto-mesenteric distance ≈2mm to 8mm (Normal:10-28mm)

14 Congenital Vs Acquired
Etiology Congenital Vs Acquired

15 Etiology Congenital Causes Anatomical variants:
Short or High insertion of Ligament of Treitz Congenital peritoneal adhesions and Ladd’s bands Congenital low origin of the SMA Short Mesenteric Root Duodenal Malrotation

16 Etiology Acquired Causes Chronic Wasting Disease Trauma
e.g. Malignancy, paraplegia, AIDS Trauma e.g. Polytrauma, burn injury, brain and spinal cord injury Dietary Disorders e.g. Malabsorption syndrome, anorexia nervosa Postoperative States e.g. IPAA, scoliosis surgery, Cast syndrome Local pathology e.g. Neoplastic growth in mesenteric root, dissecting aortic aneurysm

17 Clinical Features Depend on the cause and grade of duodenal compression Chronic abdominal complaints with intermittent exacerbation Rarely, rapid evolving upper intestinal ileus Intermittent or postprandial abdominal pain (59-81%)* followed by bilious vomiting Epigastric pain is relieved by a prone, knee-chest, left lateral decubitus position or Hayes maneuver that all reduce small bowel mesenteric tension at aortomesenteric angle Early satiety with a sensation of fullness, food intolerance, anorexia that trigger a vicious cycle resulting in weight loss *Ylinen P, Kinnunen J, Hockerstedt K: Superior mesenteric artery syndrome. A follow up study of 16 operated patients. J Clin Gastroenterol 1989; 11: 386–391.

18 Complications Because of the frequent delay in the diagnosis of SMAS, it can result in life threatening complications* Pancreatitis secondary to abnormal pancreaticoduodenal reflux within the closed intestinal loop Gastroparesis is frequently encountered after correction surgery for SMAS Esophageal tear Peptic ulcer and perforation of stomach Aspiration pneumonia, cardiovascular collapse, metabolic alkalosis, electrolyte imbalance *M. T. Mandarry, L. Zhao, C. Zhang, Z. Q. Wei. A comprehensive review of superior mesenteric artery syndrome. Eur Surg (2010) 42/5: 229–236

19 Investigations and Diagnosis
Diagnosis is difficult and is often delayed because of incomplete obstruction and non-specific symptoms Diagnosis by exclusion; thus requires high index of suspicious Rosa Jimenez et al. advocated that the diagnosis should be based on clinical symptoms and radiologic evidences of obstruction* *U¨ nal B, Aktas A, Kemal G, et al. Superior Mesenteric artery syndrome: CT and ultrasonography findings. Diagn Interv Radiol 2005;11:90–5.

20 Investigations and Diagnosis
Radiographic criteria Dilatation of the 1st and 2nd part of the duodenum +/- gastric dilatation Abrupt vertical and oblique compression of the mucosal folds Antiperistaltic flow of contrast medium (barium) proximal to obstruction, producing to and fro movements Delay of 4 to 6 hours in gastroduodenojejunal transit time Relief of the obstruction when the patient is placed in a prone, knee-chest or left lateral positions Dietz UA, Debus ES, Heuko-Valiati L, Valiati W, Friesen A, Fuchs KH, Malafaia O, Thiede A: Aorto-mesenteric artery compression syndrome. Chirurg 2000; 71: 1345–1351. Hines JR, Gore RM, Ballantyne GH: Superior mesenteric artery syndrome. Diagnostic criteria and therapeutic approaches. Am J Surg 1984; 148: 630–632.

21 Radiographic Diagnostic Tools
Plain radiograph Conventional barium studies Hypotonic duodenography barium study Computed tomography (CT) scan Conventional angiography 3-Dimensional CT angiography Magnetic resonance angiography Ultrasonography Endoscopy

22 Radiographic Diagnostic Tools
Conventional barium studies Classic diagnostic technique; cheap, easy but non-specific A dilated proximal duodenum with an abrupt linear cut off at the 3rd part of the duodenum and a collapsed small bowel distal to the crossing SMA Retention of barium within the duodenum Hypotonic duodenography barium study Duodenal peristalsis was suppressed by anti-cholinergics like propantheline bromide

23 Radiographic Diagnostic Tools
Computed tomography (CT) scan can clearly demonstrate the aortomesenteric angle and distance accurately the gastric and proximal duodenal dilatation, the duodenal obstruction (site of vascular compression of the duodenum) local pathologies e.g. aneurysm or neoplasm, etc. Provide an overall assessment of the abdominal cavity as well as the amount of retroperitoneal fat

24 Radiographic Diagnostic Tools
3-Dimensional CT & MR angiography Most popular; rapid, non-invasive, eliminate erroneous diagnoses that originate from the angulations of SMA Calculating the aortomesenteric angle and distance precisely Can demonstrate the direct pressure of SMA on the entrapped duodenum Conventional angiography Gold standard modality in the past Invasive, time-consuming

25 Radiographic Diagnostic Tools
Ultrasound color doppler Advocate for detection of reduced aortomesenteric angle Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy To rule out intraluminal obstruction and gastric or duodenal ulcer disease that might be secondary to reflux or as a primary pathology mimicking SMAS Fluid retention in stomach, a dilated proximal duodenum, a pulsatile mass in the third part of duodenum precluding the passage of the scope Not indicate the diagnosis

26 Differential Diagnosis
Mechanical obstruction e.g. Pancreatic cysts or neoplasms, paraaortic lymphadenopathy, duodenumal tumor, adhesion, malrotation and Crohn’s disease Familial neuropathic disease e.g. megaduodenum Postoperative paralytic ileus e.g. general anesthesia, analgesic, electrolyte imbalance or greater splanchnic nerve injury during anterior spinal Recurrent biliary pancreatitis Gastroparesis in Type I Diabetes Psychogenic vomiting Rare causes with decreased peristalsis e.g. dermatomyositis, SLE, myxoedema, amyloidosis, myotonic dystrophy or chronic idiopathic intestinal pseudo-obstruction

27 Treatment Medical Treatment to Surgical Treatment

28 Medical Treatment In absence of displacement by an abdominal mass, an aneurysm or another pathologic condition that requires immediate surgical exploration, the treatment of the SMAS usually begins with conservative approaches Aim: Reversal of weight loss; promote the restoration of retroperitoneal fat tissue which consequently increases the aortomesenteric angle* *Jawad NH, Al-Sanae A, Al-Qabandi W. Superior mesenteric artery syndrome: An uncommon cause of intestinal obstruction; report of two cases and review of literature. Kuwait Med J 2006; 38:241–4.

29 Medical Treatment Nil by mouth
Nasogastric tube with regular aspiration Correction of fluid and electrolyte balance Enteral jejunal tube feeding, parental nutrition Posturing maneuvers Prokinetic drugs like metoclopramide or cisapride may be used to enhance stomach emptying by improving motility

30 Medical Treatment No clear time limit for medical treatment
Relief of symptoms has been observed from 2 to 12 days; nevertheless, it has been also reported up to 169 days* and even up to 7 months in different cases *Lee CS, Mangla JC: Superior mesenteric artery compression syndrome. Am J Gastroenterol 1978; 70: 141–150.

31 Surgical Treatment Indications for surgical intervention (Berner and Sherman, 1963) are: Failed conservative treatment Longstanding disease with progressive weight loss and duodenal dilatation with stasis Complicated peptic ulcer disease and pancreatitis secondary to biliary stasis and reflux Local pathology requiring laparotomy Patients’ preference

32 Surgical Procedures Duodenojejunostomy Gastrojejunostomy
Strong’s operation Laparoscopic duodenojejunostomy Robotic assisted intestinal bypass surgery Anterior transposition of the third part of duodenum Transposition of the SMA to the infrarenal aorta Duodenal circular drainage

33 Surgical Procedure Strong’s procedure
Mobilization of the duodenum by division of the ligament of Trietz, allowing the duodenum to fall away from the aorta Avoids anastomosis thus, is less invasive, quicker, safer procedure, and with early postoperative recovery Failure rate of 25%* presumably due to Short branches of the inferior pancreaticoduodenal artery not permitting the duodenum to fall inferiorly Adhesion resulting in difficult dissection *Lee CS, Mangla JC: Superior mesenteric artery compression syndrome. Am J Gastroenterol 1978; 70: 141–150 .

34 Surgical Procedure Gastrojejunostomy Adequate gastric decompression
Fail to completely release duodenal obstruction leading to persistence of symptoms that necessitated duodenojejunostomy in some cases* Persisting obstruction may lead to blind loop syndrome, gastric bile reflux and ulceration** *Lee CS, Mangla JC: Superior mesenteric artery compression syndrome. Am J Gastroenterol 1978; 70: 141–150. **Geer MA. Superior mesenteric artery syndrome. Mil Med 1990;155:321–323

35 Surgical Procedure Duodenojejunostomy
Was first performed by Stavely in 1910 The most frequent surgical procedure with a success rate of about 90% * Lee and Mangla * concluded after reviewing 146 cases operated after 1963 that duodenojejunostomy revealed the best results in severe cases and was significantly better compared to gastrojejunostomy and Strong’s procedure *Lee CS, Mangla JC: Superior mesenteric artery compression syndrome. Am J Gastroenterol 1978; 70: 141–150.

36 Surgical Procedure Laparoscopic duodenojejunostomy
Gersin and Heniford reported the first successful laparoscopic duodenojejunostomy case in 1998 Small series have reported success rates of % with laparoscopic division of the ligament of Treitz or laparoscopic duodenojejunostomy using a retrocolic stapled anastomosis.

37 Surgical Procedure Others
World’s first robotically assisted intestinal bypass surgery for SMAS: was reported in July 2008 at London Health Services Centre Anterior transposition of the third part of duodenum Billroth II gastrectomy Transposition of the SMA to the infrarenal aorta Duodenal circular drainage

38 Conclusion SMAS is a very rare entity which has been associated with a wide range of predisposing factors, presenting with features of upper GIT obstruction and a recent abrupt weight loss. An early recognition of the condition, institution of the appropriate conservative measures and proper timely selection of a definite surgical method are critical to prevent the development of severe complications. M. T. Mandarry et al. A comprehensive review of superior mesenteric artery syndrome. Eur Surg (2010) 42/5: 229–236

39 Thank You


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