We are a dedicated team of patients and caretakers working to raise awareness for Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome (MALS) by providing information to educate providers and the wider public. We believe that awareness is the first step to diagnosis, and a diagnosis is the first step to a new life.
Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome (MALS) is a congenital anatomical anomaly that occurs in 15-34% of the population. It is caused by the median arcuate ligament compressing the celiac artery and the nerves of the celiac plexus, causing symptoms such as pain after eating, nausea, exercise intolerance, weight loss, and more.
MALS patients come in all shapes and sizes and often present with symptoms that make diagnosis difficult. Most doctors are unaware that MALS exists, so it is often up to the patient to bring this condition to their provider's attention. Here we have collected stories from MALS patients discussing their journeys to diagnosis, through treatment, and into recovery to help others understand this process and, hopefully, help them reach their own diagnosis.
We are happy to answer any questions you may have and will get back to you as soon as we are able. Thank you for reaching out.
The information on this page is gathered from medical journals. The information provided is not intended to replace medical advice. Please seek the advice of a medical professional in regards to testing, diagnosis, and treatment if you suspect you or a loved one has MALS. Taking a medication or making adjustments to a medication should be done solely at the advice of your doctor. If you have an urgent medical concern, it should be addressed with your PCP or another qualified medical professional.