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Intestinal / Mesenteric Artery Blockages

The physicians at Pennsylvania Vascular Associates are well-versed in the treatment and diagnosis of mesentric artery blockages in Philadelphia, PA.

Blocked mesentric arteries to the intestines (mesenteric arterial insufficiency) can cause pain after eating and weight loss. Patients with diabetes, hypertension, and hypercholesterolemia/hyperlipidemia, and smokers, are predisposed to this problem.

Diagnosis of Mesentric Artery Blockages

The diagnosis of this problem can be difficult but our specialists are experts in diagnosing and treating mesenteric artery disease. An ultrasound can be performed in our accredited vascular laboratory in our office to rule in or rule out the problem, usually without requiring other tests such as MRA or CT scans. Before intervening, we always have our patients evaluated by gastrointestinal specialists at our hospital to be sure they agree that some type of intervention is required. These specialists can usually be seen on the same day as the vascular specialist is seen.

Treatment for Mesentric Artery Blockages

There is no medical treatment for this problem. The only way to relieve the symptoms is to improve the blood supply to the intestines with balloon angioplasty and stenting or with open surgery. The vascular specialists at Pennsylvania Vascular Associates offer both treatments but try minimally invasive procedures first.