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A New Endoscopic Technique for Gastrointestinal Perforations

by Rajshri on  April 11, 2010 at 10:28 AM Research News   - G J E 4
 A New Endoscopic Technique for Gastrointestinal Perforations
Closure and control of extraluminal collections and sepsis are usually required for gastrointestinal (GI) chronic perforations.

Covered self-expandable metal stents or plastic stents are an effective method in more than 80% of cases, but have many drawbacks.
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Using the newly designed over-the-scope-clip (OTSC) initially intended for hemostasis of gastrointestinal bleeding to close two chronic inveterate external gastric fistulas, a research team from Italy reported the first successful closure of two gastro-cutaneous fistulas. Their study will be published on April 7, 2010 in the World Journal of Gastroenterology.

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They concluded that the OTSC may be the least invasive method to close chronic small fistulas or leaks, if prospective large comparative studies with fully-covered stents will confirm their observation.



Source: Eurekalert
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