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Single-Incision Laparoscopic Transgastric Underrunning and Closure of Cameron Ulcers in Acute Gastrointestinal Bleeding



Endoscopic therapy remains the cornerstone of hemostasis for gastrointestinal bleeding. In situations where hemostasis cannot be achieved via endoscopic or radiological methods, surgery is necessary. Traditional open surgery for bleeding gastric ulcers can be very morbid and unsuitable especially in hemodynamically unstable patients in extremis. We describe a minimally invasive, transgastric approach for underrunning and closure of Cameron ulcers.


Our patient is a 75-year-old Chinese lady, who presented to the emergency department with fresh melena. She was hemodynamically unstable with severe metabolic acidosis. CT angiography revealed blood clots within the stomach, with no active blush. On urgent gastroscopy, large blood clots obscured the site of hemorrhage. A Mallory-Weiss tear was noted. Our patient subsequently underwent a successful single-incision laparoscopic transgastric (SLT) underrunning and closure of two Cameron ulcers.


Our patient had an uneventful recovery and subsequently underwent a successful laparoscopic para-esophageal hernia repair on postoperative day 9.


A SLT approach is a suitable minimally invasive option for the surgical management of hemostasis and closure of bleeding gastric ulcers not amenable to endoscopic or radiological interventions.

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Chun-Han Nigel, Tan—acquisition of data, drafting of manuscript

Guowei, Kim—drafting of manuscript

Jimmy, So—critical revision of manuscript

Asim, Shabbir—operating surgeon, analysis and interpretation of data, drafting and critical revision of manuscript

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Correspondence to Asim Shabbir.

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Tan, C.N., Kim, G., So, J. et al. Single-Incision Laparoscopic Transgastric Underrunning and Closure of Cameron Ulcers in Acute Gastrointestinal Bleeding. J Gastrointest Surg 22, 553–556 (2018).

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  • Cameron ulcer
  • Single incision
  • Transgastric
  • Underrunning