Endoscopic hemostasis in acute diverticular bleeding

C. Prakash, H. Chokshi, D. T. Walden, G. Aliperti

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Background and Study Aims: Early reports of urgent colonoscopy in acute lower intestinal bleeding suggest a role for endoscopic therapy for bleeding colonic lesions, but scant data exist on bleeding diverticula. We report our experience with endoscopic hemostasis in acute diverticular bleeding. Patients and Methods: Bleeding diverticula were identified on urgent diagnostic endoscopy in five patients with acute gastrointestinal bleeding, two in the duodenum, and three in the colon. All patients had co-morbid conditions preventing more conventional therapeutic approaches. The five cases are described, including the technique of endoscopic hemostasis and outcome. Results: Endoscopic therapy using epinephrine injection, thermal cautery and/or laser therapy successfully induced hemostasis in all patients. One patient died of co-morbid illness during the hospital stay, while the remaining four patients had no recurrent bleeding over a mean follow-up period of 20.6 months. Conclusion: Endoscopic therapy of bleeding diverticula is technically possible when the culprit diverticulum can be identified. This therapeutic modality may have a place in debilitated patients in whom other more invasive procedures are contraindicated, but further experience is needed to establish its safety.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)460-463
Number of pages4
Issue number6
StatePublished - Sep 9 1999


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