Table of Contents Author Guidelines Submit a Manuscript
International Journal of Rheumatology
Volume 2011, Article ID 305238, 3 pages
Review Article

Gastric Antral Vascular Ectasia in Systemic Sclerosis

1Rheumatology Division, University of Pennsylvania, One Convention Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
2Rheumatology Division, Thomas Jefferson University, 1015 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA

Received 9 June 2011; Accepted 26 August 2011

Academic Editor: Virginia D. Steen

Copyright © 2011 Jill Johnson and Chris T. Derk. 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.


Gastric antral vascular ectasia is a not so well-understood, and more rare, gastrointestinal manifestation of Systemic Sclerosis which can lead to chronic anemia. A high suspicion and better understanding of this rare manifestation is needed for early detection and treatment. Therapeutic regiments include iron supplementation with acid suppressive therapy, while endoscopic intervention has been shown to be successful in most cases, with gastrectomy or antrectomy rarely needed.