An unusual cause of gastrointestinal bleeding in a young girl

Antiga, Emiliano; Melani, Lucilla; Caproni, Marzia; Fabbri, Paolo
September 2006
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;9/12/2006, Vol. 175 Issue 6, p583
Academic Journal
The article presents the case of a 12-year-old girl who had 2 self-limited episodes of upper gastrointestinal bleeding with hematemesis and melena. A clinical observation found soft, yellowish papules joined into a plaque 8 centimeters in length on the patient's lumbar aspect. She was diagnosed with pseudoxanthoma elasticum, which is an inherited, multisystem disorder that affects primarily the skin, eyes and vascular system.


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