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


Journal of Colitis & Diverticulitis

Author(s): Zuckerman DA, Bocchini TP, Birnbaum EH

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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. This article was published in AJR Am J Roentgenol and referenced in Journal of Colitis & Diverticulitis

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