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Isolated bleeding from colonic varices in patients with liver disease

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Three additional patients with colonic varices are added to the 15 patients previously described, making a total of 18 patients. Fourteen patients had hepatic disease or evidence of portal hypertension. Ten patients had varices in the left half of the colon, and 8, in the right half. Varices of the rectosigmoid were consistently visualized during sigmoidoscopic examination and barium enema. Varices of the right half of the colon were consistently visualized during barium enema examination. Of 14 patients with adequate follow-up, only 6 survived. Of 3 patients, 1 survived without operation. Of 11 patients, 5 survived after operation.

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Correspondence to Dr. Raymond C. Doberneck MD, PhD.

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John and Mary R. Markle Scholar in Academic Medicine.

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Doberneck, R.C., Janovski, N.A. Isolated bleeding from colonic varices in patients with liver disease. Digest Dis Sci 15, 834–841 (1970). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02236045

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