Evolution of spontaneous dissecting mycotic superior mesenteric aneurysm in a 12 year old child

  • Mulewa Mulenga ZMA
  • Bruce Bvulani University of Zambia Teaching Hospital
  • Adrian Maleya Maina Soko Military Hospital
Keywords: superior mesenteric aneurysm, Visceral artery aneurysms, vascular midgut


Visceral artery aneurysms are uncommon especially in children. One of the main complications before surgery is rupture.

This 12 year old child presented with a large, fast growing, mycotic superior mesenteric aneurysm that had all the favourable conditions for rupture. There was spontaneous dissection of the weakened media with partial erosion of the aneurysm into the wall of the third part of the duodenum. However, this aneurysm formed a thrombus that gradually occluded the lumen. This led to formation of collateral vessels for the continued vascular supply of the midgut.

The uniqueness of this case report has been highlighted from several points (the rarity of the condition in children, the favorability of the conditions to rupture, the gradual but complete luminal occlusion with the eventual formation of collaterals to supply the midgut, and the spontaneous medial dissection with partial duodenal wall erosion without causing rupture).

Although there is no standard surgical approach, early elective surgery is recommended. Non-operative approach is an option that should aim at reducing the risk for rupture. Control of blood pressure is key.

This child underwent surgery. Under total vascular exclusion, the aneurysm was opened. After total luminal occlusion and collateral blood supply to midgut was noted, infected thrombus was evacuated and the aneurysm walls debrided.

Keywords: Superior mesenteric artery, visceral artery aneurysm, aneurysm, midgut.


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Author Biography

Bruce Bvulani, University of Zambia Teaching Hospital

Department of Surgery

How to Cite
Mulenga, M., Bvulani, B., & Maleya, A. (2020). Evolution of spontaneous dissecting mycotic superior mesenteric aneurysm in a 12 year old child. Medical Journal of Zambia, 47(3), 250 - 254. Retrieved from https://mjz.co.zm/index.php/mjz/article/view/723
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