(gastric antral vascular ectasia) a condition characterized by the presence of tortuous blood vessels (usually capillaries) in the lining of the stomach, which may involve a part or the whole of the stomach. It can be present diffusely in the lining of stomach or form a linear pattern (watermelon stomach). Various chronic medical conditions (e.g. cirrhosis, systemic sclerosis, and chronic renal failure) are often coexistent with this condition. It is often asymptomatic but can lead to anaemia requiring regular blood transfusions. Treatment can be difficult and involves optimal management of the underlying condition and direct endoscopic treatment of the lesions (argon plasma coagulation or laser thermocoagulation).
Subjects: Medicine and Health.