Angiodysplasia of the Colon
(Colonic Angiodysplasia, Arteriovenous Malformations [AVM] of the Colon)
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- The tendency for abnormal blood vessel connections increases with age
- Colon spasms may contribute to enlargement of blood vessels in the area
- Age: over 60
- Injury to the GI tract
- Heart problems
- Kidney problems
- Lung problems
- von Willebrand's disease—a disorder of the blood
- Blood vessel problems
- Excessive or abnormal contractions of the colon
- Dark, tarry stools
- Bleeding from the rectum
- Shortness of breath
- Blood tests
- Stool tests
AGS Foundation for Health in Aging http://www.healthinaging.org
National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov
Canadian Association of Gastroenterology http://www.cag-acg.org
Canadian Digestive Health Foundation http://www.cdhf.ca
Angiodysplasia. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated June 2, 2014. Accessed June 16, 2014.
American Gastroenterological Association. AGA guideline: evaluation and management of occult and obscure gastrointestinal bleeding. Gastroenterology . 2000;118:197. 6/19/2014 DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed: Jackson CS, Gerson LB. Management of gastrointestinal angiodysplastic lesions (GIADs): a systematic review and meta-analysis. Am J Gastroenterol. 2014 Apr;109(4):474-83.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 07/2014 -
- Update Date: 06/19/2014 -
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