Title

Exercise-related transient abdominal pain secondary to median arcuate ligament syndrome: a case report

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

7-2-2016

Journal

Journal of Sports Sciences

Volume

34

Issue

13

DOI

10.1080/02640414.2015.1106006

Keywords

Coeliac artery; exercise-related transient abdominal pain; median arcuate ligament syndrome; pain; stitch

Abstract

© 2015 Taylor & Francis. Exercise-related transient abdominal pain is a common entity in young athletes. An uncommon aetiology of this type of pain is median arcuate ligament syndrome. This article details an 18-year-old field hockey player who presented with a 1-year history of exercise-related transient abdominal pain. Despite a trial of preventative strategies, the patient’s pain persisted, prompting surgical intervention. Following a laparoscopic median arcuate ligament release, the patient’s symptoms resolved. Therefore, when exercise-related transient abdominal pain persists despite precautionary measures, median arcuate ligament syndrome should be considered.

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