A randomised trial to compare the results of injection sclerotherapy with a bulk laxative alone in the treatment of bleeding haemorrhoids

  • A. Senapati
  • R. J. Nicholls
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In a prospective randomised trial, 43 patients with bleeding haemorrhoids were allocated to receive either a bulk laxative with injection of phenol (5%) in arachis oil (20 patients) (Group 1), or a bulk laxative alone (23 patients) (Group 2). Treatment was given by one author and patients were assessed “blind” by the other at 6 weeks, 3 months and finally at 6 months. At 6 weeks 12 (48%) in Group 1 and 12 (57%) in Group 2 were still bleeding (NS;χ2= 0.54). At 3 months 10 (40%) in group 1 and 6 (35%) in group 2 (NS;χ2=0.10), and at 6 months 10 (43%) in group 1 and 7 (47%) in group 2 were still bleeding (NS;χ2=0.04). No significant difference in bleeding at 6 months after either injection sclerotherapy with bulk laxative or bulk laxatives alone was found.


Public Health Internal Medicine Phenol Randomise Trial Arachis 
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© Springer-Verlag 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Senapati
    • 1
  • R. J. Nicholls
    • 1
  1. 1.St. Thomas' HospitalLondonUK

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