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Obes Surg. 2017 May;27(5):1394-1396. doi: 10.1007/s11695-017-2621-x.

Endoscopic Suturing for Massively Bleeding Marginal Ulcer 10 days Post Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass.

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1
Department of Medicine and Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, 4940 Eastern Avenue, AA Building, 3rd floor, Baltimore, MD, 21224, USA.
2
Department of Medicine, The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, MD, USA.
3
Department of Surgery, The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, MD, USA.
4
Department of Medicine and Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, 4940 Eastern Avenue, AA Building, 3rd floor, Baltimore, MD, 21224, USA. vkumbhari@gmail.com.
5
Department of Medicine, The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, MD, USA. vkumbhari@gmail.com.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Marginal ulceration post Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) with associated bleeding, although infrequently encountered, can be challenging to treat. Flexible endoscopic therapy is preferred over surgery due to its minimally invasive nature. Bleeding ulcers have traditionally been treated endoscopically by injecting epinephrine, bipolar hemostasis, or clips. Here, we describe our treatment with endoscopic suturing for a massively bleeding marginal ulcer after RYGB.

METHODS:

A 56-year-old female 10 days post RYGB underwent her fourth endoscopy for investigation and management of hematemesis and was found to have a large bleeding anastomotic ulcer. A Rothnet was utilized to remove large blood clots which obstructed endoscopic visualization. Two marginal ulcers were noted, and these were successfully oversewn with endoscopic suturing. The multimedia video (7 min) demonstrates the management of massively bleeding marginal ulcer after RYGB by endoscopic suturing.

RESULTS:

Patient had no further bleeding and tolerated diet the subsequent day. She was discharged home with no further episodes of hematemesis, and follow-up at 6 weeks showed well-healed ulcer on endoscopy.

CONCLUSION:

Endoscopic suturing of a bleeding marginal ulcer appears technically feasible and safe. It should be considered in the treatment algorithm prior to emergency surgery.

KEYWORDS:

Endoscopic suturing; Epinephrine; Hematemesis; Marginal ulcer; Roux-en-Y gastric bypass

PMID:
28247322
DOI:
10.1007/s11695-017-2621-x
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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