Watermelon stomach

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Watermelon stomach

Watermelon stomach is a condition in which the lining of the stomach bleeds, causing it to look like the characteristic stripes of a watermelon when viewed by endoscopy. Although it can develop in men and women of all ages, watermelon stomach is most commonly observed in older women (over age 70 years). Signs and symptoms of watermelon stomach include blood in stool, hematemesis (vomiting blood) and anemia. The exact cause of watermelon stomach is unknown; however, it is often diagnosed in people with other chronic (long-term) conditions such as cirrhosis (scarring of the liver and poor liver function), autoimmune disease, systemic sclerosis, and CREST syndrome. Treatment consists of surgery and/or medications to stop or control the bleeding.
 

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The terms "Watermelon stomach" returned 16 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Microvascular architecture in a case of gastric antral vascular ectasia (watermelon stomach).
 

Author(s): Scott E Kern, James V Sitzmann

Journal: Am. J. Gastroenterol.. 2014 Mar;109(3):449-51.

 

Last Updated: 5 Mar 2014

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A rare case of watermelon stomach in woman with continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis and systemic lupus erythematosus.
 

Author(s): Mariana Jinga, I A Checheriţă, G Becheanu, V Jinga, Ileana Peride, A Niculae

Journal: Rom J Morphol Embryol. 2013 ;54(3 Suppl):863-5.

 

We report a case of a 42-year-old woman with systemic lupus erythematosus and chronic kidney disease stage 5 undergoing continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis, presenting asthenia, dizziness, abdominal pain and small efforts dyspnea. After a complete physical and clinical examination, ...

Last Updated: 10 Dec 2013

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Chronic anemia due to watermelon stomach.
 

Author(s): Baris Yildiz, Cenk Sokmensuer, Volkan Kaynaroglu

Journal: Ann Saudi Med. ;30(2):156-8.

 

Antral gastric vascular ectasia is a rare cause of chronic anemia. When encountered, the diagnosis is usually delayed. Endoscopic findings are well established, although radiologic findings are not. Patients respond well to surgery. Our case was of a 62-year-old female with chronic ...

Last Updated: 11 Mar 2010

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The terms "Watermelon stomach" returned 1 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Watermelon stomach. An unusual cause of recurrent upper GI tract bleeding in the uraemic patient: efficient treatment with oestrogen-progesterone therapy.
 

Author(s): C Hermans, E Goffin, Y Horsmans, E Laterre, C Van Ypersele de Strihou

Journal: Nephrol. Dial. Transplant.. 1996 May;11(5):871-4.

 

Last Updated: 8 Oct 1996

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