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Vascular Diseases of the Gastrointestinal System 

Vascular Diseases of the Gastrointestinal System
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Vascular Diseases of the Gastrointestinal System
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Michael Darcy

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190276249.003.0038
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date: 21 September 2019

The vessels supplying the gastrointestinal (GI) tract can be involved in almost any kind of pathology. This chapter on vascular diseases of the GI tract examines the presentation, pathology, diagnosis, and management of vascular disease processes in both the upper and lower GI tracts. Given the huge variety of conditions that can affect the GI vessels, this discussion will focus on the entities most commonly encountered in clinical practice, including occlusive mesenteric ischemia, nonocclusive mesenteric ischemia, GI bleeding, visceral aneurysms, and vascular trauma. The specific characteristics of each condition, examination tools such as ultrasound and computed tomography (CT), and possible treatments such as surgery and endovascular therapies are considered.

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