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Avm In Small Bowel
VCE confirmed AVMs in small bowel. They bleed enough 2 make stool visibly bloody more often than not. How is it that I've never developed anemia?
Can't be certain: But one plausile explanation is that you are depleting your iron stores and ultimately will become anemic. It takes some time for young and otherwise healthy people to lose enough blood that the body's iron stores are depleted. Anemia is the result of reaching the end of your body's aility to recover from chronic blood loss, because the iron simply isn't available to be mobilized for RBC synthesis ...Read more
The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more
Pillcam report: multiple AVMs + erythema in small bowel. Lymphoid hyperplasia distal s/b. Cecum erythema/AVM as well. Can't get in to discuss this w/GI for weeks. Can someone help translate findings?
Abnormal findings: Basically what you have are multiple tortuous veins/arteries in your colon They are abnormal because they are veins connected directly to arteries; usually separated by capillaries. These are called AVMs (arteriovenous malformations). They have increased risk of bleeding. As long as you are not having blood in your stools you should be okay. Also lymphoid hyperplasia is just reactive changes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pillcam found 2 AVMs w/possible 3rd in distal small bowel. The definite AVMs were in proximal small bowel and proximal colon. Should I be worried about having three of these things already? I'm 26.
Be aware ..: Though very uncommon there are genetic syndromes - like hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasias - that may predispose you to AVMs. You should consider reviewing this possibility with your doctors, but I suspect the already are. It can have other manifestations to watch out for. Best of luck ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Medium: While it is certain possible you have multiple, often times these are solitary lesions that are incidentally found on examination for other reasons. If no others were seen on the study that diagnosed this one, there is a good chance you don't have others. ...Read more
Possible: Small bowel lymphoma can present with symptoms such as obstruction, perforation, bleeding, pain, nausea, vomitting, etc. Which can serious complictions and potentially death. There are various types of bowel lymphoma and after detection treatment plans can be successfully implemented. ...Read more
A lot: See a medical oncologist first to get a complete staging with labs, pet scan, bone marrow biospy. Then decide on treatment with approriate chemotherapy and start your regimen. During treatment you will get interim scans and also upon completion so as to document remission status. Good luck. ...Read more
Small bowel obstruct: Ion is a medical emergency. It should be treated by confirming the diagnosis, bowel rest, possible decompression with a nasogastric tube on suction. If not resolving within 24 hours, surgical exploration is indicated to avoided ischemic or dead bowel. Do not delay if you think you are obstructed. This is not to be treated t home! ...Read more