The rare causes of massive hemorrhage in the gastrointestinal tract are not completely classifiable. They are characterized by high variability, as shown in several isolated reports. In our experience of 17 cases, clinical and endoscopic features were sometimes typical of a rare pathology, others were referable to common pathologies and exactly diagnosed only by angiography or surgery. Our experience points out the difficulties in the surgical prescription and timing, when the endoscopic diagnosis was lacking or unsure, or when a massive haemorrhagic recurrence forced diagnostic laparatomy. The role of endoscopy and the advantages of intraoperative enteroscopy have been compellingly demonstrated. Diagnostic and therapeutic angiography has been the main method in vascular hemorrhage.
|Translated title of the contribution||Rare causes of massive hemorrhage in the digestive tract|
|Number of pages||10|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 1997|
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