Idiopathic colonic varices: an unusual cause of massive lower gastrointestinal hemorrhage.

@article{Gossum2000IdiopathicCV,
  title={Idiopathic colonic varices: an unusual cause of massive lower gastrointestinal hemorrhage.},
  author={Marc van Gossum and Karsten Reuss and Mohammed Moussaoui and Val{\'e}rie Bourgeois},
  journal={Acta gastro-enterologica Belgica},
  year={2000},
  volume={63 4},
  pages={397-9}
}
Varices of the entire colon are very rare. This rare cause of massive lower gastrointestinal hemorrhage is almost invariably associated with cirrhosis of the liver and consequent hypertension or portal venous obstruction. We report about a patient with massive lower gastrointestinal bleeding from extensive colonic varices. Despite extensive investigation and a follow-up of 3 years, the etiology of the colonic varices could not be determined. Only a few cases of apparent idiopathic (familial or… CONTINUE READING