Louis ODESSKY, M.D.
Arteriosclerosis has long been recognized as an infrequent cause of rectal hemorrhage. Although examples of such bleeding have been cited in the past, no case with conclusive proof has been reported in the literature. Consequently, the first case of fatal rectal hemorrhage arising from an arteriosclerotic middle hemorrhoidal artery and substantiated at autopsy is herein reported.
In listing the etiology of rectal bleeding, Finney1 in 1912, Gant4 in 1916, Zobel3 in 1918, and, later, Westphal,2 Griffiths,5 Keith6 and Frankfeldt7 noted that arteriosclerosis might be the causative agent. To this, Frisch8 added that bleeding in older people with arteriosclerosis might be
ODESSKY L. ARTERIOSCLEROSIS: ITS ROLE IN THE PATHOGENESIS OF RECTAL HEMORRHAGE: CASE REPORT WITH AUTOPSY FINDINGS1. Ann Intern Med. ;36:1121–1128. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-36-4-1121
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1952;36(4):1121-1128.
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