Endoscopic laser therapy for watermelon stomach

Christopher J. Gostout, David A. Ahlquist, Craig M. Radford, Thomas R. Viggiano, Brad A. Bowyer, Rita K. Balm

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Abstract

Thirteen patients (9 women, 4 men) with anemia from acute and chronic gastrointestinal bleeding were found to have antral vascular disease consistent with watermelon stomach. The median age was 73 yr, with a range of 54-88 yr. Eight of the patients were transfusion-dependent, requiring a median of 5.5 U within the 12 mo before treatment. All were treated with endoscopic neodymium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet laser coagulation. Endoscopic and hematologic improvement were evident in 12 patients available for follow-up after a median period of 6 mo. There was a median increase of 4 g/dl in hemoglobin concentration; thus, the need for transfusion was eliminated. No major complications were encountered. Laser coagulation for watermelon stomach appears to be safe and efficacious and may be a therapeutic alternative for this disorder.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1462-1465
Number of pages4
JournalGastroenterology
Volume96
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1989

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Gastric Antral Vascular Ectasia
Laser Therapy
Laser Coagulation
Neodymium
Solid-State Lasers
Vascular Diseases
Anemia
Hemoglobins
Hemorrhage
Therapeutics

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Gostout, C. J., Ahlquist, D. A., Radford, C. M., Viggiano, T. R., Bowyer, B. A., & Balm, R. K. (1989). Endoscopic laser therapy for watermelon stomach. Gastroenterology, 96(6), 1462-1465.

Endoscopic laser therapy for watermelon stomach. / Gostout, Christopher J.; Ahlquist, David A.; Radford, Craig M.; Viggiano, Thomas R.; Bowyer, Brad A.; Balm, Rita K.

In: Gastroenterology, Vol. 96, No. 6, 1989, p. 1462-1465.

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Gostout, CJ, Ahlquist, DA, Radford, CM, Viggiano, TR, Bowyer, BA & Balm, RK 1989, 'Endoscopic laser therapy for watermelon stomach', Gastroenterology, vol. 96, no. 6, pp. 1462-1465.
Gostout CJ, Ahlquist DA, Radford CM, Viggiano TR, Bowyer BA, Balm RK. Endoscopic laser therapy for watermelon stomach. Gastroenterology. 1989;96(6):1462-1465.
Gostout, Christopher J. ; Ahlquist, David A. ; Radford, Craig M. ; Viggiano, Thomas R. ; Bowyer, Brad A. ; Balm, Rita K. / Endoscopic laser therapy for watermelon stomach. In: Gastroenterology. 1989 ; Vol. 96, No. 6. pp. 1462-1465.
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