Technique of recanalization of long-segment flush superior mesenteric artery occlusions

Rafael D. Malgor, Gustavo S. Oderich

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Purpose: To describe technical tips for recanalization of long-segment flush superior mesenteric artery (SMA) occlusions. Technique: Ultrasound-guided left brachial artery access was gained in 2 patients with a 7F 90-cm sheath being advanced to the supraceliac aorta. The SMA stump was visualized using a selective inferior mesenteric artery (IMA) catheterization via femoral approach. A combination of a 7F 100-cm Multipurpose (MPA) guide and a 5F 125-cm MPA catheter was utilized to provide support for selective catheterization. Subsequently, a 0.018-inch wire and catheter were advanced crossing the area of occlusion. Predilatation was performed, followed by placement of covered stent. Both patients had uncomplicated course and resolution of symptoms. Conclusion: Flush SMA occlusions are challenging lesions but may be treated by antegrade percutaneous recanalization with good results. Technical aspects that facilitate recanalization include brachial approach, use of a stiff system (sheath, guide, and catheter) and concomitant injection to facilitate visualization of the SMA stump.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)733-737
Number of pages5
JournalVascular and Endovascular Surgery
Issue number8
StatePublished - Nov 2011


  • endovascular
  • occlusion
  • recanalization
  • superior mesenteric artery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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