It is said that ‘All Illness starts in the gut’. An 18-year-old boy visited Shalby Hospital Indore for the treatment of his strange abdominal pain. Dr. Achal Agrawal, a Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgeon, examined the problem and found that the patient was suffering from a rare disease called Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome. Dr. Agrawal has diagnosed just three such cases in the last 15 years.
Median arcuate ligament syndrome (MALS) is a condition in which the median arcuate ligament presses too tightly on the celiac artery (a major branch of the aorta that delivers blood to the stomach, liver, and other organs) and the nerves in the area (celiac plexus). Due to this condition, a person experiences various abdominal issues like indigestion, abdominal pain, vomiting, loss of appetite, heaviness in the stomach, diarrhoea, weight loss, fatigue, etc.
Dr. Agrawal elaborated more on this condition. He said, “CT scan, CT angiography and Color Doppler are required to diagnose Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome. This disease is primarily treated with medicines, but if the problem persists, then the operation is the only solution. We have done one such surgery at Shalby Hospital in the past. Eighteen years old Sumit Yadav was suffering from this disease for a long time and was successfully operated at Shalby Hospital Indore with laparoscopy.”