Celiac Artery Dissection (CAD)

Posted by aas @aas, Aug 29 12:41pm

I’ve searched, but can’t find any posts mentioning Celiac Artery Dissection.
(My diagnosis) Is it considered the same as an aneurism?

Isolated dissection of the celiac artery is rare. Celiac artery dissection is not the same as, but can be accompanied by celiac artery aneurysm.

@aas, have you been diagnosed with celiac artery dissection? What treatment is being offered?

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@colleenyoung

Isolated dissection of the celiac artery is rare. Celiac artery dissection is not the same as, but can be accompanied by celiac artery aneurysm.

@aas, have you been diagnosed with celiac artery dissection? What treatment is being offered?

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Hi Colleen, Yes I have been diagnosed with a celiac artery dissection, at the junction of the aorta and the celiac trunk. It was discovered on a ct scan, that I had for other diagnostic reasons. I was referred to a vascular surgeon.At the moment, has advised a bi-annual monitoring of the size. I went for an ultrasound as a follow up in June, but unfortunately they were not able to get a clear image. I’m in the process of scheduling another ct shortly. I’m currently and have been asymptotic.

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@aas

Hi Colleen, Yes I have been diagnosed with a celiac artery dissection, at the junction of the aorta and the celiac trunk. It was discovered on a ct scan, that I had for other diagnostic reasons. I was referred to a vascular surgeon.At the moment, has advised a bi-annual monitoring of the size. I went for an ultrasound as a follow up in June, but unfortunately they were not able to get a clear image. I’m in the process of scheduling another ct shortly. I’m currently and have been asymptotic.

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A bit of a paradox, isn't it @aas? You must be relieved that this was found early and before you are symptomatic so that it can be monitored. But at the same time, it's a new thing to be worried about. I would certainly ask the vascular surgeon many questions like:
– What signs or symptoms should I be watching for? (without making myself neurotic)
– Are there any physical activities or exercising I should restrict?
– What physical activity is good?
– Any other lifestyle changes I should consider?

Are you an active person? Any changes you'd like to make?

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I’m a 65 year old male. Relatively good physical health. I had a ct scan 5 years prior that the tech compared with. It showed no dissection. So, it developed within that time. The surgeon hasn’t placed any limitations on me as of yet. I’ll have to see what the results of the planned scan show. I was told by the attending Dr. after I had the scan diagnosis how rare it is. Thanks for your time!

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