Watermelon-stomach as a cause of chronic iron deficiency anemia in a patient with systemic sclerosis

J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 1999 Mar;12(2):161-4.


Watermelon-stomach is a rare cause of gastrointestinal bleeding. There has been an increasing number of reports on the association of this lesion with diseases of the scleroderma group, causing chronic, sometimes severe gastrointestinal blood loss. The present report presents the case of a 75-year-old female with limited cutaneous systemic sclerosis and watermelon-stomach, which was the cause of her long-standing sideropenic anemia.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Anemia, Iron-Deficiency / etiology*
  • Atrophy
  • Chronic Disease
  • Female
  • Gastric Antral Vascular Ectasia / complications*
  • Gastric Antral Vascular Ectasia / pathology
  • Gastric Mucosa / pathology
  • Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage / etiology
  • Humans
  • Scleroderma, Systemic / complications*