JOSEPH C. WOO JR.; FRANK W. CHANDLER
Review of the literature fails to reveal a case similar to the one reported here of massive gastrointestinal hemorrhage occurring in a pregnant woman during her last trimester.1, 2, 3, 4, 5 The bleeding was due to pseudoxanthoma elasticum, a very rare cause of gastric hemorrhage. The patient was treated by subtotal gastric resection and subsequently delivered a full term, viable fetus.
Pseudoxanthoma elasticum is the result of elastic tissue degeneration and is characterized by 1 to 5 mm. flat yellowish patches of intradermal changes with a predilection for the flexor folds (axilla, abdomen, neck, upper aspects of the thigh,
WOO JC, CHANDLER FW. PSEUDOXANTHOMA ELASTICUM WITH GASTRIC HEMORRHAGE: REPORT OF A CASE1. Ann Intern Med. ;49:215–222. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-49-1-215
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1958;49(1):215-222.
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