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mesenteric artery occlusion


Definition: obstruction of arterial flow in the mesenteric circulation by an embolus or thrombus; usually refers to occlusion of the superior mesenteric artery, although atherosclerotic narrowing may involve all three major splanchnic branches (celiac, superior, and inferior mesenteric).

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