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Massive arterial bleeding from a single rectal vessel.
  1. J. D. Harrison,
  2. A. Calatayud,
  3. V. R. Thava,
  4. R. M. Kirby
  1. Department of Surgery, North Staffordshire Hospital, Stoke on Treat, UK.


    We report a case of massive rectal haemorrhage arising from a single ectatic arterial vessel above the haemorrhoidal cushion in normal rectal mucosa. Use of an anal retractor enable identification of the bleeding vessel and avoided a major laparatomy.

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