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Hepatogastroenterology. 2001 Jul-Aug;48(40):1058-60.

Recurrent bleeding from a duodenal diverticulum 8 years after endoscopic treatment: case report and review of the literature.

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Department of Surgery, Kiryu Kousei General Hospital, Kiryu, Japan.


A 70-year-old woman presented with a 2-day history of tarry stool. She had a history of hemorrhage from a duodenal diverticulum of the 2nd portion 8 years previously that had been managed successfully by endoscopic hemostasis. Initial gastrointestinal endoscopy revealed ulceration of the diverticulum with no active bleeding; nevertheless the ulceration was presumed to be the source of the tarry stool. Despite medical treatment, bleeding started again, but endoscopic ethanol injection achieved hemostasis. When bleeding started yet again 8 days after the endoscopic therapy, the patient underwent diverticulectomy. Although duodenal diverticula are frequently found in the adult gastrointestinal tract, they rarely show hemorrhage. Recently, there has been controversy about whether bleeding diverticula should be managed surgically or endoscopically. We describe for the first time a rare case of recurrent hemorrhage of a duodenal diverticulum after an 8-year interval; the case was treated by surgical diverticulectomy as a definitive therapy for the recurrent bleeding ulcer. We also present a review of the literature.

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