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Case Reports in Vascular Medicine
Volume 2012, Article ID 168046, 3 pages
Case Report

Superior Mesenteric Artery Dissection after Extracorporeal Shockwave Lithotripsy

1Vascular Unit, First Department of Surgery, Laiko General Hospital, University of Athens, Athens, Greece
2Department of Urology, Laiko General Hospital, University of Athens, Athens, Greece
3Department of Radiology, Laiko General Hospital, Athens, Greece

Received 28 October 2012; Accepted 19 November 2012

Academic Editors: Y.-J. Chen and E. Minar

Copyright © 2012 Christos Bakoyiannis 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.


The use of shockwave lithotripsy is currently the mainstay of treatment in renal calculosis. Several complications including vessel injuries have been implied to extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy. We report an isolated dissection of the superior mesenteric artery in a 60-year-old male presenting with abdominal pain which occurred three days after extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy. The patient was treated conservatively and the abdominal pain subsided 24 hours later. The patient's history, the course of his disease, and the timing may suggest a correlation between the dissection and the ESWL.