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Watermelon Stomach (GAVE) Treatments

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Below are abstracts on two different treatments for Watermelon Stomach or GAVE.


Endoscopic cryotherapy for the management of gastric antral vascular ectasia (G.A.V.E.).

Endoscopic cryotherapy is a safe and effective treatment for GAVE. It appears to be effective, even for GAVE refractory to argon plasma coagulation therapy. Cho S. (PubMed) Gastrointest Endosc. 2008 Nov;68(5):895-902. Epub 2008 Jul 21. (Also see: GAVE or Watermelon Stomach)


Successful Treatment of Watermelon Stomach / GAVE Syndrome by Using Argon Plasma Coagulation.

After 3 sessions, the lesions disappeared and the hemoglobin increased by 2.4 gm/dl without any need of transfusion. Bhatti MA. (PubMed) J Coll Physicians Surg Pak. 2008 Oct;18(10):641-3. (Also see: GAVE or Watermelon Stomach)


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Janey Willis

ISN Support Specialist

(Retired) ISN Assistant Webmaster

(Retired) ISN News Director

(Retired) ISN Technical Writer for Training Manuals

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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Thank you Janey ~ I will print and bring with me when I visit the specialist on December 15th.

I'm hoping that something will work ~ not much else I can do.

Much love,

Nina (DE)

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