Diseases of the Colon & Rectum

, Volume 42, Issue 2, pp 271–273 | Cite as

Embolization—An optional treatment for intractable hemorrhage from a malignant rectovaginal fistula

Report of a case
  • T. Dushnitsky
  • Y. Ziv
  • A. Peer
  • A. Halevy
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Abstract

PURPOSE: Patients rarely have intractable hemorrhage from rectovaginal fistulas, which usually require surgical intervention. This report presents our experience with nonsurgical treatment of a high-risk patient with uncontrolled hemorrhage originating from a malignant rectovaginal fistula. METHODS: A 74-year-old female developed uncontrolled hemorrhage from a malignant rectovaginal fistula. Because of her poor physical condition, an embolization with metal clips of the right and left hypogastric arteries was performed, distal to the superior gluteal artery. RESULTS: Embolization was successful in controlling the rectovaginal bleeding, allowing the patient to live 12 months. She refused adjuvant radiotherapy or chemotherapy. CONCLUSIONS: Selective angiography and embolization is a worthwhile alternative in patients with uncontrolled bleeding from a malignant rectovaginal fistula who are poor candidates for surgical intervention.

Key words

Hemorrhage Rectovaginal fistula Embolization 

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© The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Dushnitsky
    • 1
  • Y. Ziv
    • 1
  • A. Peer
    • 2
  • A. Halevy
    • 1
  1. 1.From the Department of Surgery “B”, Assaf Harofeh Medical Center, Affiliated to Sackler Faculty of MedicineTel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael
  2. 2.Department of Invasive Radiology, Assaf Harofeh Medical Center, Affiliated to Sackler Faculty of MedicineTel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael

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