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AJR Am J Roentgenol. 1993 Oct;161(4):703-11.

Massive hemorrhage in the lower gastrointestinal tract in adults: diagnostic imaging and intervention.

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Department of Radiology, St. Louis University Medical Center, St. Louis University School of Medicine, MO 63110-0250.

Abstract

Massive hemorrhage in the lower gastrointestinal tract, defined as bleeding distal to the ligament of Treitz at a rate in excess of 30 ml/hr, is most common in persons more than 50 years old. Most episodes stop spontaneously, although intervention to control the bleeding is needed eventually in 10-25% of patients. This review analyzes the use of scintigraphy, angiography, and interventional techniques in the diagnosis and treatment of these patients.

PMID:
8372742
DOI:
10.2214/ajr.161.4.8372742
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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