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Unusual presentation of superior mesenteric artery syndrome in a child
  1. Shruti Tewari,
  2. Rahul Deo Sharma,
  3. Anant Bangar and
  4. Rajeev Redkar
  1. Paediatric Surgery, Lilavati Hospital and Research Centre, Mumbai, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Anant Bangar; dr.anant.bangar{at}


Superior mesenteric artery syndrome (SMAS), also known as Wilkie’s syndrome, is a rare cause of upper gastrointestinal tract obstruction. We report a case of a 10-year-old girl with persistent abdominal pain for over 3 months, who on extensive investigations was diagnosed with SMAS. She underwent a surgical procedure to bypass the obstructed portion of the intestine for relief of her symptoms.

  • Paediatric Surgery
  • Gastrointestinal surgery
  • Childhood nutrition (paediatrics)
  • Parenteral / enteral feeding

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  • Contributors ST wrote the manuscript, collected patient data, obtained patient consent and contributed in patient care. RDS helped in collecting patient data and managing patient care. AB helped in surgical management of the patient. RR was the lead surgeon on the case and orchestrated patient management.

  • 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.

  • Case reports provide a valuable learning resource for the scientific community and can indicate areas of interest for future research. They should not be used in isolation to guide treatment choices or public health policy.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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