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March 1972

Arteriovenous Malformation of the IntestineAn Uncommon Cause of Gastrointestinal Bleeding

Author Affiliations

Rochester, Minn
From the Mayo Clinic and Mayo Foundation, Rochester, Minn.

Arch Surg. 1972;104(3):284-287. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1972.04180030032009

Acute, intermittent bleeding from an ulcerating arteriovenous malformation of the intestine occurred in three cases. Each lesion was diagnosed by selective mesenteric arteriography and was resected successfully. The report illustrates the limitations of a conventional diagnostic approach in such cases, supports the use of arteriography, and demonstrates the futility of operations other than accurate resection of the bleeding lesion.