About the Ligament of Treitz

Defined by Wenzel Treitz (1819-1872), an Austrian physician as a band of smooth muscle extending from the duodenum and jejunum to the left crus of the diaphragm, it functions as a supensory ligament. Treitz was a professor of anatomy and pathology at Prague. He defined the ligament that now takes his name and marks the separation of the small and large intestine. Recent and further research has connected the ligament to some forms of gastrointestinal bleeding and made it easier for doctors to find the problem and repair these issues quickly. The ligament of Treitz is understood as the muscle of the duodenum. Made from connective tissue around the stems of the celiac trunk and the superior mesenteric artery, it is comprised of skeletal muscle from […]

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Treating the Treitz Ligament

When treating the condition, it is important to make sure to get it checked out before the condition puts the patient in critical condition. A colonoscopy has emerged as the procedure of choice, but it can also be fixed with angiography is the best choice for patients who haven’t noticed the condition sooner. Bleeding from the ligament of Treitz can be excruciatingly painful if left untreated and greatly disrupt the digestive system. This type of bleeding can be caused by many different things and it is important to find the source using arteriography  if a colonoscopy proves to be unsuccessful in fixing the problem. The main causes of bleeding from the ligament of Treitz can be very numerous including colon cancer, bowel disease, polyps, and many […]

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