Endoscopic Hemoclip Placement for Postsphincterotomy Bleeding Refractory to Injection Therapy: Report of Two Cases

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Abstract

Bleeding is a serious complication of patients undergoing endoscopic sphincterotomy and is the most common sphincterotomy-associated cause of death. Two patients presented bleeding after endoscopic sphincterotomy. Despite injection treatment with large amounts of epinephrine (1:10,000), the bleeding was uncontrolled. Hemostasis was achieved by placing 2 and 3 hemoclips, respectively at the bleeding site. Our cases suggest that postsphincterotomy bleeding refractory to injection treatment can be safely and effectively controlled by endoscopic hemoclipping, thereby avoiding surgery.

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