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Watermelon stomach

Other Names for this Disease
  • Gastric antral vascular ectasia
  • GAVE
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How might watermelon stomach be treated?

Iron supplements and blood transfusions have been used with some success.[1]  Laser therapy and argon plasma coagulation are also being used to treat individuals who have watermelon stomach.[2][3]

We recommend you speak with your health care provider or a gastroenterologist to determine whether you require treatment and to discuss your treatment options. To find a local gastroenterologist we recommend that you contact your doctor for a referral. The following tool can also help you locate a specialist in your area.

The American College of Gastroenterology offers a Physician Locator service on its Web site at the link below.  You can search by Last Name, City, State or Zip Code.
Last updated: 11/7/2011

  1. Brandt LJ. Feldman: Sleisenger & Fordtran's Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease, 8th ed.. Philadelphia, PA : Saunders; 2006;
  2. Multiple Red Spots in the Antrum. Medscape Gastroenterology. 2002; Accessed 7/12/2011.
  3. Hauser SC. Vascular diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. In: Goldman L, Ausiello D. Goldman: Cecil Medicine, 23rd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders; 2007;

Clinical Trials & Research for this Disease

  • lists trials that are studying or have studied Watermelon stomach. Click on the link to go to to read descriptions of these studies.