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We report two cases of massive gastrointestinal bleeding due to anterior duodenal ulceration into the cystic artery, with gallbladder infarction as a complication. These cases indicate the potential dangers of laser therapy or embolization in bleeding anterior duodenal ulcers penetrating the cystic artery, as such therapy will arrest blood flow through the cystic artery and may precipitate gallbladder infarction.

Original publication

DOI

10.1136/pgmj.66.772.144

Type

Journal article

Journal

Postgrad Med J

Publication Date

02/1990

Volume

66

Pages

144 - 146

Keywords

Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Arteries, Duodenal Ulcer, Female, Gallbladder, Humans, Infarction, Male, Peptic Ulcer Hemorrhage