There are two distinct vascular compression disorders due to compression of another structure by the superior mesenteric artery. The terminology is sometimes confusing and they can occur in association.
superior mesenteric artery syndrome (Wilkie syndrome): compression of the third part of the duodenum by the SMA
nutcracker syndrome (renal vein entrapment syndrome): compression of the the left renal vein by the SMA
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