Angiodysplasia and lower gastrointestinal tract bleeding in elderly patients.

  title={Angiodysplasia and lower gastrointestinal tract bleeding in elderly patients.},
  author={Ranjna Sharma and Martin J Gorbien},
  journal={Archives of internal medicine},
  volume={155 8},
Angiodysplasia of the colon is one of the most common causes of major lower intestinal tract bleeding in the elderly; it occurs predominantly in the cecum and on the right side of the colon and is thought to result from degenerative changes associated with aging. The clinical presentation is varied, ranging from hematochezia or melena to iron-deficiency anemia resulting from long-term blood loss. Accurate diagnosis may require a combination of diagnostic techniques, such as angiography, nuclear… CONTINUE READING
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