- Second most common cause of lower GI bleeding in patients >60 years of age.
- Lesions may be single or multiple and are located most commonly in the ascending colon and caecum.
- Bleeding stops spontaneously in >90% of cases.
- Patients often complain of intermittent GI bleeding without pain.
- Treatment is initially endoscopic coagulation; for severe cases, angiographic embolisation and surgical resection may be required.
Other related conditions
- Assessment of upper gastrointestinal bleeding
- Chronic renal failure
- Soft-tissue sarcoma
- Assessment of lower gastrointestinal bleeding
- Colonic polyps
- Aortic stenosis
- Von Willebrand disease
- Diverticular disease
- Colorectal cancer
- Crohn's disease
- Ulcerative colitis
- Ischaemic bowel disease
- Meckel's diverticulum
- Systemic sclerosis (scleroderma)
- Clostridium difficile-associated disease
Last updated: Mar 28, 2013