Dieulafoy's disease: a distinctive arteriovenous malformation causing massive gastric haemorrhage

Br J Surg. 1983 Feb;70(2):76-8. doi: 10.1002/bjs.1800700207.


Dieulafoy's disease is a distinctive arteriovenous malformation of the gastric fundus, which presents with massive or recurrent gastrointestinal bleeding. The lesion is very small and easily overlooked even at laparotomy, and can only be correctly diagnosed by endoscopy or arteriography if the patient is actively bleeding. A wedge resection will stop bleeding and give histological confirmation of the characteristic submucosal vessels.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Arteriovenous Malformations / complications*
  • Arteriovenous Malformations / pathology
  • Gastric Fundus / blood supply
  • Gastric Mucosa / blood supply*
  • Gastric Mucosa / pathology
  • Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Stomach Ulcer / complications*
  • Stomach Ulcer / pathology