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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 83-86

Pseudoxanthoma elasticum: A rare cause of gastrointestinal bleed

1 Department of Medicine, Government Medical College, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India
2 Department of Medicine, District Hospital Anantnag, Anantnag, Jammu and Kashmir, India

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Dr. Ishrat H Dar
Department of Medicine, Government Medical College, Srinagar - 190 010, Jammu and Kashmir
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DOI: 10.4103/1118-8561.160808

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Causes of obscure gastrointestinal (GI) bleed are diverse and rare. The most common cause for GI bleeding of small bowel origin is angiodysplasia, followed by tumors of the small intestine, and various other causes, including small bowel ulcers and aortienteric fistulas. Pseudoxanthoma elasticum (PXE) is a rare cause of GI bleed. It is an inherited elastic tissue disorder with degeneration of elastic fibers involving mainly skin, eyes and the cardiovascular system. Upper GI hemorrhage occurs in 13% of cases and is often resistant to nonsurgical methods of treatment. Presented herein is a case of GI bleed in a 65-year-old woman who had PXE and hyperplastic polyps in the stomach.

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