Chronic bleeding caused by small bowel angiodysplasia: A problem of recognition and diagnosis

G. Di Girolamo, A. Malavasi, L. Cassisa, M. L. Cossu, G. Dettori, G. Realdi

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Abstract

Angiodysplasia of the gastrointestinal tract is a disorder consisting of ectasia of submucosal and mucosal vessels, which causes acute and chronic bleeding. We describe the case of a 58-year-old man with a history of recurrent lower intestinal bleeding and severe anemia. Endoscopy and X-ray examination of the gastrointestinal tract failed to show the source of bleeding. Selective angiography of the superior and inferior mesenteric arteries revealed a vascular ectasia. The patient underwent ileo-cecal resection with remarkable improvement after surgery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)468-469
Number of pages2
JournalItalian Journal of Gastroenterology
Volume24
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology

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