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The Celiac Artery Syndrome—Again?

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Medical Service, Fort Miley Veterans Administration Hospital; San Francisco, California

Ann Intern Med. 1977;86(3):355-356. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-86-3-355
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In this issue (pp. 278-284), the paper by Watson and Sadikali on the results of surgery for celiac artery compression reopens the debate on the existence of the so-called celiac artery syndrome. It was described in the early 1960s by Harjola (1) and Dunbar and associates (2). Within a few years of its description a number of authors expressed serious reservations about it (3, 4). Little has been written about it during the past 5 years; many physicians feel that it is a questionable syndrome. Now Watson and Sadikali staunchly defend its legitimacy. How to make a judgment? I propose



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