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Spontaneous celiac artery dissection is rare, can present with intimal flap, mural thrombus or infiltration of fat around the artery and can be associated with complications like aneurysm formation or occlusion of the artery. Surgical or endovascular management is only necessary if patient is hemodynamically unstable, has persistent abdominal pain, when medical therapy fails to control blood pressure, and when dissection is progressing.






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Spontaneous celiac artery dissection and its management

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Abstract
Spontaneous visceral artery dissection is an uncommon event with an unpredictable natural history with superior mesenteric artery being the most common affected artery. It is most often asymptomatic and usually diagnosed at autopsy. Pre-disposing factors are not specific but have been suggested to be pre-existing vascular disease, hypertension and pregnancy. Spontaneous resolution, definitive occlusion of the artery, and formation of an aneurysm with associated complications are some other possible outcomes. Isolated dissection of the celiac artery (CA) is rare and there are only a few cases reported in the literature. We present a case of a 65 year old male with spontaneous celiac artery dissection and provide a review of the current literature about imaging findings and management of this entity.






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