Intramural duodenal hematoma (IDH) is a rare complication in endoscopic management of ulcer hemorrhage. Usually noted in cases of blunt abdominal trauma, non-traumatic IDHs have been reported in individuals on anticoagulation, with blood disorders, pancreatic diseases and in endoscopic procedures such as biopsy, sclerotherapy and argon plasma coagulation. Patients may be asymptomatic or present with acute blood loss anemia, abdominal pain or vomiting. We report a case of an 83- year-old man with melena and syncope who underwent endoscopy for bleeding ulcer control and subsequently developed acute pancreatitis due to an acute IDH. Computed tomography (CT) scan conﬁrms the diagnosis. Most cases are conservatively managed however when unsuccessful, laparoscopic surgical drainage or ultrasound or CT guided drainage can be performed. and in endoscopic procedures such as biopsy, sclerotherapy INTRODUCTION and argon plasma coagulation . We report a case of an 83- Endoscopic modalities for hemostasis in active gastrointestinal year-old man with melena and syncope who underwent bleeding have evolved over the years. Their effectiveness has endoscopy for bleeding ulcer control and subsequently devel- now made endoscopic management the treatment of choice in oped acute pancreatitis due to an acute IDH. We report on the active ulcer hemorrhage . Sclerotherapy is a safe and effective clinical presentation, and discuss treatment and management modality of hemostasis in bleeding ulcers however there may of this complication. exist some serious associated complications . These complica- tions include mucosal perforation, and ulceration, vessel throm- CASE REPORT bosis and bleeding culminating in serious adverse events [2, 3]. Intramural duodenal hematoma (IDH) is a rare complication An 83-year-old man with medical history of hypertension, dia- in endoscopic treatment of ulcer bleeding. IDHs are usually found betes mellitus type 2, Alzheimer’s dementia and chronic consti- in casesofblunt abdominal trauma. However, non-traumatic pation, presented with dizziness and lightheadedness. He also hematomas have been reported in patients on anticoagulation, reported melena of 5 days duration, which was associated with individuals with underlying blood disorders, pancreatic diseases mild epigastric pain. Physical examination revealed an elderly Received: September 30, 2017. Revised: October 30, 2017. Accepted: November 10, 2017 © The Author 2018. Published by Oxford University Press. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/ licenses/by-nc/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. For commercial re-use, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org Downloaded from https://academic.oup.com/omcr/article-abstract/2018/1/omx090/4821286 by Ed 'DeepDyve' Gillespie user on 16 March 2018 38 E. Ofori et al. male in no acute distress. Abdominal examination was unre- associated intra-peritoneal and extra-peritoneal hematoma markable. Laboratory ﬁndings noted hemoglobin 12.3 g/dL, plate- (Fig. 4). Patient’s hemoglobin subsequently improved to 10.1 g/dL let count 239, lipase 28 U/L and INR of 1.1. Further questioning without further PRBC transfusions. Patient was subsequently dis- revealed, he had undergone an esophagogastroduodenoscopy charged home to follow up in the clinic. (EGD) at an outside institution ~2 weeks prior for abdominal pain and he was unsure of the ﬁndings. Computed tomography (CT) DISCUSSION scan of abdomen showed uniform mural thickening of gastric IDHs are rare complications in endoscopic management of antrum, and normal appearing pancreas (Fig. 1). Patient’sdizzi- gastrointestinal bleeding. IDHs are however common in cases ness persisted, and hemoglobin dropped to 9.0 over the next 24 h. of blunt abdominal trauma with over half cases occurring in An urgent EGD revealed patchy erythematous gastropathy, and a children under age 15 [4, 6]. IDHs are commonly found in the briskly bleeding site noted in the second portion of the duodenum second and third portions of the duodenum . The close prox- ~4 cm proximal to the ampula of Vater. The mucosa was edema- imity of the second and the third portions of the duodenum to tous but without discernable ulcer (Fig. 2). Hemostasis was the posterior vertebral bodies, coupled with their high sub- achieved with application of 5 mL of 1:10 000 epinephrine injec- mucosal vascularity and ﬁxation by the peritoneum predis- tion and placement of a hemostatic clip. poses these segments of the duodenum to injury including Over the next day, the patient reported worsening epigastric intramural hematomas . Non-traumatic cases of intramural pain and tenderness associated with non-bilious non-bloody hematomas have been reported, usually in patients on anticoa- emesis. Lipase returned elevated at 1235 U/L. He was initiated on gulation, individuals with underlying blood disorders, pancre- intravenous hydration with lactate ringers and was kept nothing atic diseases and in endoscopic procedures such as biopsy, by mouth. CT scan of abdomen showed an ill-deﬁned, ovoid het- sclerotherapy and argon plasma coagulation . erogeneous hyper attenuating structure distal to the hemostatic IDH presents in a variety of ways. Patients may present with clip, expanding the second portion of the duodenum and meas- 2 acute blood loss anemia, abdominal pain, vomiting or may even uring 5.5 × 3.8 cm , most likely representing an intramural hema- be asymptomatic. Very few (<30) cases of IDH after biopsy or toma along with peri-pancreatic edema representing acute sclerotherapy have been reported in the literature to our knowl- pancreatitis (Fig. 3). Hemoglobin trended down to 7.3 g/dL which edge . Most of these patients with IDH after hemostatic ther- responded appropriately with the transfusion of a unit of packed apy had underlying coagulopathy, thrombocytopenia and/or red blood cell (PRBC). Abdominal pain and tenderness resolved liver cirrhosis [4, 7, 9–12]. Dibra et al.  however reported a over the subsequent 2 days. A repeat CT scan of abdomen case of IDH after submucosal epinephrine therapy for duodenal showed an interval decrease in size of the IDH and also the bleeding ulcer in a patient without apparent underlying disease. Additionally, all the cases of IDH had a common variable of epi- nephrine injection therapy performed while some had an added combination of ethanolamine injections or hemostatic clipping. Some cases of IDH had an associated acute pancreatitis, theo- rized to be likely due to compression of the ampulla of Vater by the hematoma . Our patient has a similar associated acute pancreatitis but without any known underlying coagulopathy or cirrhosis. The development of acute pancreatitis in cases of IDH has been attributed to hematoma compression of the pancreatic duct and obstruction of duodenal papilla [12, 14]. Other explana- tions have included the possibility of pancreatic enzyme release during acute or chronic pancreatitis, causing vascular destruction thereby leading hematoma formation . Given the lack of con- sensus, there remains uncertainty in explaining causality between the association of acute pancreatitis and IDH. The management of IDH has evolved since the 1970s, up until which surgical therapy was the mainstay treatment of Figure 1: CT abdomen pelvis showing normal appearing pancreas (red arrow) with no hematoma around. choice . 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