The Singapore Family Physician

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Superior Mesenteric Artery Syndrome following Corrective Spinal Surgery for Scoliosis

Hou Min Sheng
The Singapore Family Physician Vol 43 No 1 - Cardiovascular Disorders 2
53 - 57
1 January 2017
Superior Mesenteric Artery (SMA) syndrome is a well-known but rare complication following corrective surgery for scoliosis. It can be easily missed if not thought of in patients presenting with abdominal pain and vomiting post-scoliosis surgery. SMA syndrome is most commonly associated with conditions resulting in significant weight loss but can also occur as a result of biomechanical changes following scoliosis surgery. We present a case of a 13-year-old girl who developed SMA syndrome following scoliosis surgery. A high index of suspicion and early surgical referral are paramount for the successful management of SMA syndrome.