Evaluation of electrofulguration in control of bleeding of experimental gastric ulcers

M. B. Dennis, J. Peoples, R. Hulett, D. C. Auth, R. L. Protell, C. E. Rubin, F. E. Silverstein

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The safety and efficacy of electrofulguration for control of bleeding from standard canine experimental gastric ulcers was studied. At settings of 2, 5, and 8 on a Valleylab SSE-3 generator, 0.5-sec applications provided effective hemostasis. However, a setting of 2 required an excessive number of applications. Settings of 5 and 8 showed deep injury to the muscularis externa when examined histologically. In an attempt to reduce the depth of injury, a more easily ionizable gas mixture of 50% argon gas and 50% CO2 was compared to CO2 alone. At a generator setting of 5 with 0.5-sec applications the argon-CO2 mixture produced slightly less deep injury than CO2 alone, but the difference was not significant. Although electrofulguration was effective in stopping bleeding in these experiments, the tissue injury was unpredictable and deep.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)845-848
Number of pages4
JournalDigestive diseases and sciences
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1979


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