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Abdominal Imaging

, Volume 29, Issue 4, pp 434–438 | Cite as

Superselective embolization of lower gastrointestinal hemorrhage: a new paradigm

  • B. Funaki
Invited update

Abstract

In the past 5 years, there has been a rapid evolution in the endovascular treatment of lower gastrointestinal bleeding. Previously, most bleeding distal to the ligament of Treitz was managed with catheter-directed vasoconstrictive therapy. Currently, microcatheters allow superselective embolization of bleeding vessels, a technique that minimizes potential ischemic complications and obviates many drawbacks associated with vasopressin infusion. This article summarizes the current radiologic approach for patients with severe colonic hemorrhage.

Keywords

Colon Hemorrhage Embolization Therapy Microcatheter 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. Funaki
    • 1
  1. 1.Sections of Vascular and Interventional Radiology and Abdominal ImagingUniversity of Chicago Hospitals, 5840 S. Maryland Avenue, MC 2026, Chicago, IL 60637USA

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