Gastric lethal hemorrhage due to Dieulafoy’s disease

  • Cesar Cilento Ponce Metropolitan University of Santos (UNIMES), Hospital Guilherme Álvaro, Department of Pathology
Keywords: Stomach Diseases, Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage, Autopsy.


Gastric Dieulafoy’s lesion (DL) is a potentially fatal entity that causes upper digestive hemorrhage as a consequence of the erosion of an abnormal large-caliber artery in the submucosa of the gastrointestinal tract. We report the case of a 59-year-old female patient admitted to the emergency facility due to melena without any active sign of bleeding during the esophagogastroduodenoscopy. Unexpectedly, she progressed presenting a massive hematemesis followed by an irreversible cardiorespiratory arrest. The aim of this study is to draw attention to DL as a possible cause of massive and fatal digestive hemorrhage, and to describe the anatomical autopsy findings.


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Ponce, C. (2018). Gastric lethal hemorrhage due to Dieulafoy’s disease. Autopsy and Case Reports, 8(1), e2018006.
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