Treatment of chronic transfusion-dependent gastric antral vascular ectasia (watermelon stomach) with thalidomide

Kathryn A. Dunne, J. Hill, J. F. Dillon

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    Gastric antral vascular ectasia (GAVE) is a rare condition causing chronic GI blood loss that often proves difficult to treat. Many patients require repeated transfusions despite best efforts made with endoscopic and pharmacological therapies. We attempted to manage a patient with endoscopic resistant GAVE with Thalidomide. Within 3 months the patient became transfusion independent and has maintained an adequate haemoglobin for 9 months on the Thalidomide therapy.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)455-456
    Number of pages2
    JournalEuropean Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2006


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