Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia - A case report

Wen Yuan Chang, Wei Hsiung Huang, Sheen-Yie Fang

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Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT) or Osler-Weber-Rendu syndrome is a systemic autosomal dominant vascular disorder characterized by recurrent hemorrhage with an estimated incidence of approximately 1 to 2 per 100,000 people. Major clinical manifestations include frequent epistaxis, mucosal telangiectases and arteriovenous malformations. In February 2001, a 60-year-old man complained of frequent bleeding of his tongue since his second decade. He had recurrent epistaxis, mucous membrane telangiectases and a positive family history. Computed tomography of the chest and magnetic resonance angiography of the brain showed no angiodysplasias. The tongue lesions were treated by using CO2 laser. He is doing well except for occasional minor bleeding of tongue. We emphasize the importance of vascular screening, which is recommended for all HHT patients and their families, to reduce morbidity and mortality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)269-273
Number of pages5
JournalTzu Chi Medical Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Jan 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)


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