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Case Reports in Surgery
Volume 2014, Article ID 263431, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/263431
Case Report

Superior Mesenteric Artery Syndrome: An Infrequent Complication of Scoliosis Surgery

1General Surgery Department, Istanbul Faculty of Medicine, Istanbul University, Capa, Millet Caddesi, 34093 Istanbul, Turkey
2Orthopedic Department, Istanbul Faculty of Medicine, Istanbul University, Capa, Millet Caddesi, 34093 Istanbul, Turkey
3General Surgery Department, School of Medicine, Koç University, Rumelifeneri Yolu, Sarıyer, 34450 Istanbul, Turkey

Received 17 August 2014; Accepted 7 October 2014; Published 22 October 2014

Academic Editor: Neil D. Merrett

Copyright © 2014 Metin Keskin et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Superior mesenteric artery syndrome is a rare condition that causes a proximal small intestinal obstruction due to contraction of the angle between the superior mesenteric artery and the aorta. Scoliosis surgery is one of the 15 reasons for superior mesenteric artery syndrome, which can present with acute or chronic manifestations. Although conservative treatment is usually possible, surgical treatment is required in certain cases that cannot be treated using conservative methods. In this paper, we describe a patient who developed superior mesenteric artery syndrome after scoliosis surgery and was treated with duodenojejunostomy due to failure and complications of conservative treatment.