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August 1980

Colonic Telangiectasias in Scleroderma

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Internal Medicine, Divisions of Rheumatology (Dr Moore) and Gastroenterology (Dr Settles), University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha. Dr Marshall is now with the Division of Gastroenterology, University of Missouri Medical Center, Columbia.

Arch Intern Med. 1980;140(8):1121. doi:10.1001/archinte.1980.00330190133045

• Gastrointestinal tract involvement in progressive systemic sclerosis (PSS) is common. A 46-year-old woman with PSS and calcinosis, Raynaud's phenomenon, esophageal hypomotility, sclerodactyly, and telangiectasias with evidence of widespread intestinal tract involvement is described in whom multiple colonic telangiectasias (angiodysplasias) were found on colonoscopy, a finding not previously reported to our knowledge. The telangiectasias represent a potential cause of gastrointestinal tract bleeding.

Arch Intern Med 140:1121, 1980)