Combined capillary hemangioma and angiodysplasia of the ileum: An unusual cause of obscure gastrointestinal bleeding with preoperative localization by double-balloon endoscopy

Department of General Surgery, Changhua Christian Hospital, Taiwan.
American journal of surgery (Impact Factor: 2.29). 04/2010; 200(2):e30-2. DOI: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2009.11.015
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Vascular lesions in the small bowel with bleeding complications are usually difficult to diagnose and localize preoperatively. With the increased use of either capsule endoscopy or enteroscopy, there have been more reports of preoperative diagnosis from such lesions. The authors report a rare case of obscure gastrointestinal bleeding from a combined hemangioma and angiodysplasia identified by double-balloon enteroscopy. To the authors' knowledge, this is the first report of such combined lesions.

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    • "entrance into previously unexplored areas of the deep intestines; therefore, the diagnostic skills to recognize hemangiomas are becoming more attainable for endoscopists . Similar to our patient, previous endoscopy reports of intestinal hemangiomas have described them as typically submucosal [1] [2] [4] [5] [8], purple to red [4] [5] [9], soft [5] [9], and pedunculated [4] [9] or sessile [8]. It is remarkable that superficial capillary networks and fine varicosities in our patient strongly suggested the vascular nature of the lesion. "
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