Surgical Endoscopy

, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp 234–236 | Cite as

Heater-probe treatment of bleeding peptic ulcers

  • J. Y. Sung
  • S. C. S. Chung
  • K. K. Lo
  • J. W. C. Leung
Original Articles


Fifty-six patients with actively bleeding peptic ulcers were treated with the heater-probe unit. Initial haemostasis was achieved in 48 patients (85.7%). The mean number of heater-probe applications was 6.7 pulses at a setting of 25–30 J. Rebleeding occurred in 11 patients (19.6%). Five were successfully treated with repeat heater-probe treatment, 5 required emergency surgery, and 1 rebleeding was stopped by adrenaline injection. The complications included one perforation in a patient with duodenal ulcer. The overall mortality was 2/56 (3.6%). Heater-probe treatment is an effective and safe haemostatic method for controlling actively bleeding ulcers.

Key words

Bleeding peptic ulcers Endoscopic haemostasis Heater probe 


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© Springer-Verlag 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Y. Sung
    • 1
  • S. C. S. Chung
    • 1
  • K. K. Lo
    • 1
  • J. W. C. Leung
    • 1
  1. 1.Combined Endoscopy Unit, Prince of Wales HospitalThe Chinese University of Hong KongHong Kong

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