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February 1966

Hemangioma Causing Gastrointestinal Bleeding: Case Report and Review of the Literature

Author Affiliations

From the departments of Pediatrics and Radiology, University of California-San Francisco Medical Center, San Francisco. Dr. Nader is presently at the Childhood Virus Disease Unit, Department of Health, Educations and Welfare, Communicable Disease Center, Atlanta, Ga.

Am J Dis Child. 1966;111(2):215-222. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1966.02090050147015

THE OCCURRENCE OF hemangiomata is commonplace in pediatric practice but it is not often considered in connection with gastrointestinal bleeding of unknown etiology.1 Forty-six cases of intestinal hemangiomata as a cause of gastrointestinal symptoms in the pediatric age range (birth to 15 years) are recorded in the English literature (Table).

We shall review the typical clinical and radiological features, in order to call attention to this entity as a rare but significant occurrence, and report the presence of a rectosigmoid cavernous hemangioma in a 14-year-old boy whose symptoms began at 6 months of age.

Report of a Case  A 14-year-old white boy entered the University of California-San Francisco Medical Center for the second time on Feb 6, 1964, for evaluation of rectal bleeding which had been present intermittently since 6 months of age.He had been a product of a normal pregnancy and delivery and had no neonatal difficulties.

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