ISOLATED gastric hemangioma is a rarely reported cause of gastrointestinal bleeding. The present authors were able to find only 35 previously reported cases. It is felt that such lesions may be more common than realized and may be capable of causing fatal hemorrhage, and yet be so small as to be unrecognized at laparotomy; they may even be missed during pathologic examination of the gastroectomy specimen. The present report describes a very small gastric hemangioma which was not seen at gastrectomy and which was missed at the initial gross inspection of the resected specimen.
Report of Case
—A markedly obese 38-year-old Negro woman entered the hospital with epigastric pain, melena, and coffee-ground emesis which occurred the day prior to admission.There has been many similar episodes of epigastric pain, usually associated with fatty food ingestion, but this was the first time the pain was accompanied by bleeding. She
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