Abdominal Imaging - Case Report
Life-threatening gastrointestinal system bleeding in Hodgkin disease: multidetector CT findings and review of the literature
Department of Radiology, Hacettepe University, School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey
Department of Radiology, Hacettepe University School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey
From the Department of Radiology Hacettepe University School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey.
From the Departments of General Surgery, Hacettepe University School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey
Diagn Interv Radiol 2007; 13: 87-89
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Key Words: gastrointestinal hemorrhage • multidetector computed tomography • angiography • Hodgkin disease • chemotherapy
Acute lower gastrointestinal system (GIS) bleeding is a life-threatening condition. Immediate determination of the origin of the bleeding is crucial, since hemostatic management must be initiated as rapidly as possible. Colonoscopy, radionuclide studies, and conventional angiography are considered the most important methods for assessing the origin of the bleeding. There are few published reports about the feasibility of computed tomography (CT) in acute GIS bleeding. We present multidetector CT (MDCT) findings in a case of Hodgkin disease status one month post-chemotherapy (CHOP protocol; cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, prednisone) that presented with acute lower GIS bleeding.