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Aortoenteric fistula: a rare but critical cause of small bowel bleeding discovered on capsule endoscopy
  1. Matt Davie1,
  2. Diana E Yung2,
  3. John N Plevris1,2 and
  4. Anastasios Koulaouzidis2
  1. 1 College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
  2. 2 Centre for Liver and Digestive Disorders, The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
  1. Correspondence to Mr Matt Davie, s1505713{at}


A 78-year-old man attended for outpatient capsule endoscopy, to investigate a recent history of unexplained small bowel bleeding. His previous medical history included an abdominal aortic aneurysm repair 6 years ago. Soon after capsule ingestion, he experienced sudden onset abdominal pain and collapsed on hospital grounds. He was rapidly transferred to the emergency department as he was haemodynamically unstable, and a significant per rectum (PR) bleed was found on examination. The patient was quickly stabilised following fluid resuscitation. CT angiography was performed which did not show active bleeding. However, use of the real-time capsule viewer indicated a profuse active jejunal bleed originating from the aortic graft, suggestive of an aortoenteric fistula. The patient underwent emergency endovascular cuff placement, and subsequent endovascular abdominal aortic stent grafting, to good effect.

  • GI bleeding
  • small intestine
  • endoscopy
  • vascular surgery

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  • Contributors The case was clinically managed by AK and DEY. Information gathering and write-up were carried out by MD. The process as a whole was supervised by JNP. All authors reviewed and approved the final version.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

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