Thermal Methods to Control Gastrointestinal Bleeding
Bleeding in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract is a common malady that can usually be managed with the use of therapeutic endoscopy. Once a bleeding site has been endoscopically identified, there are essentially three methods used to achieve hemostasis – application of energy, mechanical control with clip or loop ligation, or injection therapy. This chapter focuses on the principles of using energy to control GI bleeding and common tools available to deliver it.
KeywordsGastrointestinal bleeding Endoscopy Electrosurgery Thermal Coagulation Fulguration Hemostasis
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