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J Rheumatol. 2003 May;30(5):1090-2.

Gastric antral vascular ectasia (watermelon stomach) in a patient with Sjögren's syndrome.

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  • 1Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, University of Florida, Jacksonville, Florida 32209, USA.


Gastric antral vascular ectasia (GAVE), a rare yet treatable cause of upper gastrointestinal bleeding, has been described in a variety of autoimmune diseases. We describe a patient who had typical Sjögren's syndrome and iron deficiency anemia requiring blood transfusion. An endoscopy showed characteristic findings of GAVE. After several fulguration therapies with argon-plasma coagulator, the mucosal lesions improved and her hemoglobin levels returned to normal.

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