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Experience with Coeliac Axis Compression Syndrome

Br Med J 1970; 1 doi: (Published 07 February 1970) Cite this as: Br Med J 1970;1:342
  1. A. J. Edwards,
  2. J. D. Hamilton,
  3. W. D. Nichol,
  4. G. W. Taylor,
  5. A. M. Dawson


    Seven patients with “coeliac axis compression syndrome” are reported. Five were treated surgically, but only two did well. A survey of 200 healthy adults showed epigastric bruits in 6·5%; only one of these had dyspepsia, though dyspepsia was present in 12·5% overall.

    Caution is urged in attributing a causal relationship between coeliac axis compression and pain and in proceeding to arteriography when compression is suspected on clinical grounds.