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International Angiology 2011 October;30(5):395-407

Copyright © 2011 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

A review of SA aneurysms with a small subsection on aneurysms arising from a splenomesenteric trunk

Shu C. 1, Hu X. 1, Luo M. 2, Li Q. 1, Li M. 1, Jiang X. 1

1 Department of Vascular Surgery, The Second Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan, China; 2 Cardiovascular Institute and Fuwai Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College, Beijing, China


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SA aneurysm (SAA) accounts for up to 50% to 75% of all visceral artery aneurysms associated with a high mortality rate of 25% in case of aneurysm rupture. It is the third most common intra-abdominal aneurysm following those of the aorta and the iliac arteries. The incidence of SAA varies from 0.1 to 10.4% in the general population. It has anatomic variations in about 10% of the population, 1% of which emerging from the superior mesenteric artery. Accordingly, SAA arising from a spleno-mesenteric trunk is very rare. To our best knowledge, there are only a few cases reported in the literature up to date. This is a review of literature and reported cases with anomalous SAAs arising from a spleno-mesenteric trunk, which had been diagnosed by ultrasound (US), computed tomography angiography (CTA), digital subtraction angiography (DSA), and managed by open surgery.

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