What is it?

The celiac artery is a major abdominal artery, originated from the abdominal aorta. It supplies blood to the upper abdominal organs. Celiac artery compression syndrome (also known as median arcuate ligament syndrome) is a condition where a muscular fibrous band of the diaphragm, the median arcuate ligament, compresses the celiac axis, resulting in compromising of arterial blood supply to the upper abdominal organs, such as the liver, stomach, spleen, pancreas, and duodenum.

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Additional names

This group contains additional names:
- Arcuate ligament syndrome
- Median arcuate ligament syndrome

Signs & symptoms

The main symptoms are:
- Chronic abdominal pain
- Abdominal pain after eating
- Weight loss


To diagnose celiac artery compression syndrome your healthcare provider will perform a physical exam followed by an imaging tests, usually a duplex ultrasound, followed by a Computed Tomography Angiography (CTA) scan. This kind of imaging tests is used with a contrast material to dye your vessels for estimation.


Celiac artery compression syndrome is usually treated with surgery. In this procedure the doctor surgically releases the constraining ligament.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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