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Case report: aortoenteric fistula presenting as repeated hematochezia.
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PMID:  20097507     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
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Background: Aortoenteric fistula (AEF) is a rare but life-threatening condition in which expedient diagnosis is often difficult. It arises from erosion of a segment of aorta, usually an abdominal aortic aneurysm, into an adjacent portion of the gastrointestinal tract or between a vascular graft of the aorta and an adjacent portion of the gastrointestinal tract. It can present as life-threatening upper or lower gastrointestinal bleeding and is a surgical emergency that requires rapid assessment, emergency resuscitation, and definitive treatment. Case Report: To present the case of an 87-year-old man diagnosed with AEF in the emergency department. A review of the literature follows the case report. Conclusions: Aortoenteric fistula is a rare diagnosis that can cause sudden life-threatening gastrointestinal bleeding.
Authors:
Michael K Doney; Gary M Vilke
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-01-25
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of emergency medicine     Volume:  43     ISSN:  0736-4679     ISO Abbreviation:  J Emerg Med     Publication Date:  2012 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-09-11     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8412174     Medline TA:  J Emerg Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  431-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Affiliation:
Department of Emergency Medicine, University of California, San Diego Medical Center, San Diego, California.
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