Mesenteric Duplex Scanning

Erica L. Mitchell, Gregory L. Moneta

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Duplex scanning of mesenteric arteries was developed in the late 1980s. It’s primary clinical application is to identify high-grade stenoses in the superior mesenteric artery (SMA) and celiac artery that may be associated with the clinical condition of chronic mesenteric ischemia. A peak systolic velocity of >275 cm/s in the SMA identifies a >70% SMA stenosis with a sensitivity of 92%, a positive predictive value of 80% and a negative predictive value of 99%. A negative mesenteric duplex study therefore virtually excludes the presence of clinically important mesenteric artery stenosis. A positive study requires confirmation with an additional imaging study prior to mesenteric artery reconstruction. Other applications of mesenteric duplex scanning include identification of reversible compression of the celiac artery, follow-up of mesenteric bypass grafts and physiological studies of the intestinal circulation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)175-183
Number of pages9
JournalPerspectives in vascular surgery and endovascular therapy
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2006


  • celiac axis compression
  • chronic intestinal ischemia
  • duplex scanning
  • mesenteric artery stenosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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