MARTIN E. GORDON, M.D., F.A.C.P.; GALE R. RAMSBY, M.D.; NICHOLAS M. PASSARELLI, M.D.; CALIXTO A. ROMERO, M.D.
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To the editor: Selective arterial catheterizations have been used in recent years by others (1, 2) and by us to locate and control massive gastrointestinal hemorrhage. Indications for using vasopressin infusion are the reduction or elimination of blood transfusions, postponement of surgical intervention in emergency situations, and philosophical or religious objections to transfusions, as in the case history.
A 60-year-old white female Jehovah's Witness was admitted to the Yale New Haven Hospital soon after the spontaneous regurgitation of a cupful of red blood. She and her son immediately signed forms interdicting the use of blood in her therapy, for religious
GORDON ME, RAMSBY GR, PASSARELLI NM, et al. Peptic Ulcer Hemorrhage: Vasopressin for a Jehovah's Witness. Ann Intern Med. 1973;79:451–452. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-79-3-451_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1973;79(3):451-452.
Gastroenterology/Hepatology, Peptic Disease, Peptic Ulcer.
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