Successful endovascular treatment of a ruptured superior mesenteric artery in a patient with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome

Shota Yasuda, Kiyotaka Imoto, Keiji Uchida, Daisuke Machida, Hiromasa Yanagi, Tadahisa Sugiura, Kenji Kurosawa, Munetaka Masuda

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The purpose of this study was to describe covered-stent treatment of a ruptured dissection of the superior mesenteric artery (SMA) in a patient with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. The patient was a 13-year-old girl initially presenting with abdominal pain. Dissection and rupture of the SMA were diagnosed on detailed examination. Conservative treatment was performed initially because open surgery was considered high risk. However, the abdominal pain recurred, and we decided to perform endovascular therapy. A coronary artery covered stent was placed in the true lumen to close the entry site of the dissection. The false lumen was obliterated using a post-dilation technique, completing treatment of the rupture. The patient recovered uneventfully after surgery. Classic-type Ehlers-Danlos syndrome was diagnosed on the basis of physical findings and genetic analysis. The stent has remained adequately patent as of 2 years after surgery. This case report shows that dissection and rupture of the SMA can be treated successfully using a covered coronary artery stent in a patient with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)975.e1-975.e5
JournalAnnals of Vascular Surgery
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2013
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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