Gastric angiodysplasia in a child with Bernard-Soulier syndrome: efficacy of octreotide in long-term management.

Kaya Z., Gursel T., Dalgic B., Aslan D.

Pediatric hematology and oncology, vol.22, no.3, pp.223-7, 2005 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 22 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/08880010590921568
  • Journal Name: Pediatric hematology and oncology
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.223-7
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


Gastrointestinal angiodysplasia in association with Bernard-Soulier syndrome has been previously described in adults. The authors report on a 14-year-old boy presenting with massive upper gastrointestinal bleeding due to a large gastric angiodysplasia, in whom medical history and laboratory investigations were consistent with Bernard-Soulier syndrome. The vascular lesion was so widespread that surgical or endoscopic therapy was not considered. Therefore, treatment with octreotide, a somatostatin analog, was commenced, following a short course of tranexamic acid and proton pump inhibitor. During the 16-month follow-up with octreotide therapy, no occult or gross bleeding occurred. This case illustrates the utility of using octreotide for the long-term treatment of children with bleeding disorders and angiodysplasia.