Treatment of severe peptic ulcer haemorrhage with the heat probe

H. J. Lin, Y. T. Tsai, S. D. Lee, K. H. Lai, W. W. Ng, T. N. Tam, F. Y. Chang, C. H. Lee

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From September to December 1986, 30 cases of persistent upper gastrointestinal bleeding were collected and treated, via the endoscope, with a heat probe. All cases had either gastric or duodenal ulcers. Ten cases were in shock. After treatment, all bleeding episodes initially stopped, but six cases (20%) re-bled. Five cases received repeat heat probe therapy and did not re-bleed thereafter. Thus the ultimate success rate was 96.7% (29/30). Twenty of 21 ulcers (94.3%) were found to be healed with scars 2 months after therapy. During therapy and the follow-up period, only one complication occurred and this was a mild aspiration pneumonia. The heat probe is an ideal haemostatic device for severe non-variceal upper gastrointestinal bleeding.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-81
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology (Australia)
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1988
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology
  • Hepatology


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