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Gastrointestinal bleeding as a life-threatening complication of liver abnormality in a Turner syndrome patient

  • Soffy Enggar ,
  • Budi Widodo ,


Background: Turner syndrome is a rare condition with high morbidity and mortality rates, it leads to multiple organ damage when left untreated. Meanwhile, liver involvement in this condition ranges from asymptomatic to severe such as cirrhosis with massive gastrointestinal bleeding. This study presents a case of gastrointestinal bleeding due to cirrhosis in Turner syndrome where the patient showed third-grade esophageal varices as a sign of portal hypertension.

Case Presentation: A 26-years old female came to the Emergency Department of Dr. Soetomo General Hospital in Surabaya with massive gastrointestinal bleeding. The patient was a Turner syndrome, diagnosed ten years ago. The patient was negative for hepatitis B surface antigen (HbsAg) and anti-hepatitis C virus (anti-HCV). The gastric lavage was performed to reduce active bleeding with blood transfusion. The upper gastrointestinal endoscopy indicated portal hypertension with third-grade esophageal varices, fibro scan indicated cirrhosis hepatic and abdominal CT-scan showed early cirrhosis and splenomegaly supporting the presence of portal hypertension. Since the patient refused to endoscopic varices ligation, hematemesis repeated three times after the first visit resulting death of the patient.

Conclusion: This is a Turner syndrome patient who experienced life-threatening gastrointestinal bleeding as complication of liver abnormality. This case highlights that liver cirrhosis should be evaluated in individuals with Turner syndrome to prevent such complications.


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Enggar, S., & Widodo, B. (2022). Gastrointestinal bleeding as a life-threatening complication of liver abnormality in a Turner syndrome patient. Bali Medical Journal, 11(1), 246–249.




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