gastric antral vascular ectasia


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gastric antral vascular ectasia

a rare vascular anomaly of the gastric antrum consisting of dilated and thrombosed capillaries and veins that form lines in the antrum that radiate toward the pylorus, resembling the stripes on a watermelon, seen most often in elderly women or patients with chronic liver disease. It may result in chronic blood loss and anemia. Also called watermelon stomach.
A pattern of tortuous vessels located along the longitudinal folds of the stomach, radiating from the pylorus toward the antrum. The endoscopic appearance has been likened to that of watermelon stripes, and is typical of angiodysplasia of the gastric antrum
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Therapies for the treatment of gastric antral vascular ectasia are directed at reducing or eliminating the hemorrhage of the ectatic antral vessels.
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