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April 2005
Journal of Women's Health (15409996);Apr2005, Vol. 14 Issue 3, p277
Academic Journal
The article presents purpose, methodology, results and conclusions of various medical research works undertaken by different scientists. One of the research focuses on hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT). HHT is a genetic angiodysplasia affecting multiple organs. Clinical manifestations include spontaneous and recurrent epistaxis, mucocutaneous telangiectases that bleed easily, and arteriovenous malformations in many organs. Despite the anecdotal recommendations of some groups, information regarding the prevalence of microscopic hematuria (MH) in patients with HHT has not been reported to date. This research evaluated the prevalence of MH in patients with HHT. The results show that MH is common in patients with HHT. This might indicate the possibility of weak urinary tract bleeding due to telangiectases and/or small arteriovenous fistulas, which are typical HHT lesions. HHT should be considered among the causes of MH. Urinalysis should always be performed when there is severe anemia in HHT patients with HHT, particularly those without other apparent bleeding sites.


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