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Visceral artery aneurysm: an unusual cause of abdominal pain
  1. Maha Al Baghdadi and
  2. Parekha Yedla
  1. Medicine, The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine Huntsville Campus, Huntsville, Alabama, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Maha Al Baghdadi; Mahaalbaghdadi1986{at}


Visceral artery aneurysms (VAAs) are uncommon with an approximate incidence of 0.01%–0.2%. Gastroduodenal artery (GDA) aneurysm is a rare subtype of these uncommon visceral aneurysms that can be fatal if ruptured. We present a case of a 58-year-old Caucasian woman with a VAA and a large haematoma arising from an actively bleeding GDA. While patients with VAA may remain asymptomatic, with some of the aneurysms found incidentally during imaging, they may also present with abdominal pain, anaemia and possible multiorgan failure which may be fatal.

  • GI bleeding
  • interventional radiology
  • gastrointestinal surgery
  • vascular surgery
  • ultrasonography

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  • Contributors MAB wrote the manuscript. PY co-wrote and edited the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.