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Atypical gastric bleeding in a 55-year-old man, beyond the scope of treatment?
  1. Thomas G Bird1,
  2. Ewen M Harrison2,
  3. Hamish Ireland3
  1. 1Centre for Liver and Digestive Disorders, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
  2. 2Department of Clinical Surgery, University of Edinburgh, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
  3. 3Department of Radiology, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Thomas Bird, Centre for Liver and Digestive Disorders, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH16 4UU, UK: tomgbird{at}hotmail.com

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Clinical presentation

A 55-year-old man was admitted with a 3-week history of haematemesis with abdominal and back pain. He had a background of severe alcohol related pancreatitis 5 years previously and possible gastric varices. At presentation he was shocked (pulse 127, blood pressure 94/68, lactate 7.1 mM). Haemoglobin 8.0 g/L, platelet count 447 000/µL, liver function tests and coagulation were normal. After resuscitation and antibiotics he underwent oesophagogastroduodenoscopy in the Intensive Care Unit. Fresh blood was seen in the stomach, with thrombus adherent to an ulcer on a raised area of mucosa at the incisura (figure 1A). During …

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