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Cecal varices presenting as anemia: case report and review of the literature.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21326625     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
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Since the original description of colonic varices in 1954 [N Engl J Med 1954;250:434-438], fewer than 100 cases have been reported in the literature. Particularly, even fewer cases of cecal varices have been reported. More than 75% of these cases have been due to portal hypertension. Our objective is to contribute a rare case with an uncommon presentation to the medical literature. We present the case of a 53-year-old male with hepatitis C and hepatitis B liver cirrhosis who presented for outpatient colonoscopy. The indication for colonoscopy was bright red blood per rectum and iron deficiency anemia. A significant amount of varices were noted in the cecum and proximal ascending colon. No endoscopic evidence of colonic bleeding was noted. This is the first reported case of cecal varices not presenting with massive lower gastrointestinal bleeding.
Authors:
Monica El-Masry; Richard Hu
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-12-04
Journal Detail:
Title:  Case reports in gastroenterology     Volume:  4     ISSN:  1662-0631     ISO Abbreviation:  Case Rep Gastroenterol     Publication Date:  2010  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-02-17     Completed Date:  2011-07-14     Revised Date:  2013-05-29    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101474819     Medline TA:  Case Rep Gastroenterol     Country:  Switzerland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  524-7     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, UCLA-Olive View Medical Center, Sylmar, Calif., and David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, Calif., USA.
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