Median arched ligament syndrome (MALS) occurs when the arched band of tissue in the chest area (median arched ligament) presses on or traps the artery that supplies blood to the organs in your upper abdomen (celiac artery disease).
The location of the middle arched ligament and celiac disease varies slightly from person to person. The ligament typically passes through the largest blood vessel (aorta) in the body and sits over the celiac disease without any problems. But sometimes the ligament or artery can become dislocated, resulting in SAD. The ligament can also put pressure on the nerve network that surrounds the celiac disease (celiac plexus). Median arcuate ligament syndrome (MALS) Treatment in Hyderabad
MALS can occur in anyone, including children. Other names of MALS are:
- Compression of Celiac Disease
- Celiac Disease Syndrome
- Dunbar Syndrome
Often times, compression of celiac disease does not cause symptoms.
However, people with MALS can have long-term (chronic) stomach pain. Signs and symptoms of MALS include:
- Pain in the upper central part of the stomach, which may go away if you lean forward
- Stomach pain after eating, exercising, or changing posture
- Fear of eating due to pain, resulting in significant weight loss – usually over 9.1 kilograms
- Nausea and vomiting
Doctors aren’t sure what exactly is causing median arcuate ligament syndrome. The causes and diagnosis of MALS have been the subject of controversy. The signs and symptoms may be due to a lack of blood flow to celiac disease or a (neurological) compression of the nerves in the celiac ganglion that is causing the pain. Median arcuate ligament syndrome (MALS) Treatment in Hyderabad
Since the cause of MALS is poorly known, the risk factors for the syndrome are unclear. MALS has been seen in children, even twins, which could mean genetics play a role.
Some people have developed MALS after pancreatic surgery and a blunt injury to the upper stomach area.