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Transcatheter embolization for acute lower gastrointestinal hemorrhage.
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PMID:  10834491     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: The authors review their experience using transcatheter embolization in the treatment of acute lower gastrointestinal hemorrhage. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective review was conducted on 17 patients who underwent superselective transcatheter embolization for an acute lower gastrointestinal hemorrhage. All 17 patients were followed clinically 4 days to 60 months (mean, 18.5 months) after embolization for the presence of ischemia or for recurrent bleeding. In addition, 12 of 17 patients were examined 1 day to 12 months (mean, 38.8 months) after embolization by means of colonoscopy or by pathologic review. RESULTS: Transcatheter embolization achieved immediate hemostasis in 15 of 17 patients (88%) and was the definitive treatment in 76%. The other two patients underwent successful surgical resections after incomplete hemostasis of cecal lesions. Two patients of the 15, with initially successful embolizations, had recurrent hemorrhage within 30 days; both underwent further embolization with one failure. No intestinal infarction or stricture developed in the 15 patients who underwent successful embolization. CONCLUSIONS: The authors' experience supports the role of transcatheter embolization as a primary means of therapy for patients with an acute lower gastrointestinal hemorrhage. Their data further supports growing evidence that superselective embolization may be most efficacious in reducing complication rates.
P T Evangelista; M J Hallisey
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of vascular and interventional radiology : JVIR     Volume:  11     ISSN:  1051-0443     ISO Abbreviation:  J Vasc Interv Radiol     Publication Date:  2000 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-08-30     Completed Date:  2002-10-09     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9203369     Medline TA:  J Vasc Interv Radiol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  601-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Connecticut Vascular Institute, Hartford Hospital, 06106, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Acute Disease
Aged, 80 and over
Embolization, Therapeutic / adverse effects,  methods*
Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage / therapy*
Middle Aged
Retrospective Studies
Treatment Outcome

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