Coexistence of superior mesenteric artery syndrome and nutcracker phenomenon

Hasan Khan, Esraa Al-Jabbari, Neel Shroff, Maggie Barghash, Alexander Shestopalov, Peeyush Bhargava

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Superior mesenteric artery (SMA) syndrome is a rare cause of upper gastrointestinal obstruction. Nutcracker syndrome occurs as the result of external compression of the left renal vein. Although they share a similar pathophysiology, SMA and nutcracker syndrome occurring simultaneously is rare. In this case report, we discuss the pathophysiology and unique computed tomography findings in a 25-year-old female patient diagnosed with SMA syndrome who was also incidentally found to have a coexisting nutcracker phenomenon. Due to similar pathogenesis, radiologists should consider the possibility of coexistence of these rare syndromes in appropriate patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1927-1930
Number of pages4
JournalRadiology Case Reports
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2022


  • Nutcracker syndrome
  • Superior mesenteric artery syndrome
  • Tomography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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