MARIO J.R. RAVRY, M.D.
To the editor: The existence of the celiac-artery compression syndrome as a nosologic entity is questionable. Sleisenger (Ann Intern Med 86:355-356, 1977) recently emphasized the occurrence of celiac-artery compression in 12% to 49% of asymptomatic persons and suggested that there may be other underlying causes to explain the pain in these patients. The following case report illustrates the effect of an anorexiant drug with vasoactive properties in producing abdominal angina in a patient who had coexistent asymptomatic celiac-artery compression.
A 51-year-old woman complained of abdominal pain of 4 months' duration. The pain was described as being periumbilical, cramping, occurring 30
RAVRY MJ. Dexamyl®, Abdominal Angina, and Celiac-Artery Compression. Ann Intern Med. 1977;87:246. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-87-2-246_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1977;87(2):246.
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