Korean J Gastrointest Endosc.  1996 Dec;16(6):982-987.

A Case of Successful Laser Photocoagulation in Gastric Telangiectasias


The routine of endoscopy in the evaluatien of gastrointestinal bleeding demonatratd that telangiectasia in the upper gastrointestinal tract may be responsible for the chronic recurrent bleeding. If the bleeding lesion within the reach of the endoscaiye, it is amenahle to endoscopic therapy, One of the several treatment modalities that has been employed is laser photocoagulation. We report a case of ef fective laser therapy in a 63-years old woman presented with a about 3 years history of recurrent upper gastrointestinal bleeding and persistent iron deficieney anemia in gaatic multiple telangeictasias. An upper gastrointestinal endoscopy demonstrated variable sized multiple bleeding telangectatic lesions in the entire stomach. Nd-YAG laser photocoagulation was appligd in 0.5 seconds pulse of 60-70W power(2300 joules and total 7 sessions). All legions in the stomach were treated. Local epinephrine injection prior to laser treatment was carried out in the telangiectatie lesions greater than 1 cm. Follow-up endoscopy 5 months after laser treatment demonstrated no telangiectatic lesions in the stomach and no episodes of upper gastrointestinal bleeding were noted and the other symptoms improved.


Gastric telangiectasias; Laser photocoagulation
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