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Am Surg. 1993 Oct;59(10):636-8.

Gastrointestinal bleeding caused by angiodysplasia: a difficult problem in patients with chronic renal failure receiving hemodialysis therapy.

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  • 1Department of Surgery, University of Louisville, KY 40292.


Anemia in patients with renal failure is a common problem. Bleeding from small angiodysplastic lesions within the gastrointestinal tract appears to be a significant source of blood loss in some patients with renal failure receiving chronic hemodialysis. We describe a group of patients treated with estrogen therapy who had amelioration of their bleeding tendency. Correction of bleeding time may be one potential mechanism for this action.

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