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Postgrad Med J. 1993 Apr;69(810):320-2.

Recurrent anaemia due to ischaemic colonic ulceration caused by cholesterol embolism.

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Department of Medicine, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee, UK.

Abstract

We describe an elderly patient with generalized atherosclerosis who presented with recurrent iron-deficiency anaemia. He underwent right hemicolectomy which revealed ischaemic colonic ulceration caused by cholesterol embolism. Surgery appeared to be curative. Cholesterol embolism should be considered as a possible cause of unexplained gastrointestinal blood loss in the elderly.

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8321803
PMCID:
PMC2399660
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