Published online May 14, 2013. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v19.i18.2799
Revised: February 1, 2013
Accepted: March 6, 2013
Published online: May 14, 2013
Core tip: The aim of this study was to examine the long-term therapeutic efficacies of endoscopic cauterization for gastric vascular ectasia (VE), according to the type of lesion. Depending on the number of lesions, 14 and 24 patients were classified into localized vascular ectasia (≤ 10) and extensive VE (> 10; EVE), respectively. The incidences of VE recurrence and re-bleeding from the lesions were evaluated. The recurrence of VE and re-bleeding from the lesions was more frequent in the patients with EVE, especially in those with complicating renal failure, even after the initial successful arrest of bleeding and disappearance of the lesions by the endoscopic therapy.