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Case Reports in Radiology
Volume 2011, Article ID 919236, 3 pages
Case Report

Massive Hematochezia: A Complication of Methamphetamine-Induced Vasculitis Treated by Transcatheter Hemostasis

School of Medicine, University of California Davis, Sacramento, CA 95616, USA

Received 27 May 2011; Accepted 21 June 2011

Academic Editors: P. D. Corr, K. Hongo, L. E. H. Lampmann, and M. Leonardi

Copyright © 2011 Daniel P. Link and Yung-Wei Chi. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A long-term, heavy methamphetamine user with life-threatening rectal hemorrhage was treated with transcatheter occlusion of the bleeding arteries. The bleeding blood vessels were vulnerable submucosal arteries, part of the collateral supply to the distal colon. Visceral arteriography demonstrates severe arterial stenotic lesions of the celiac axis, superior mesenteric artery and the inferior mesenteric artery. Collateral vessels were seen with corkscrew morphology similar to that seen with thromboangiitis obliterans.