Laparoscopic underrunning of bleeding duodenal ulceration: A minimalist approach to therapy

I. Martin, N. O'Rourke, I. Bailey, F. Branicki, L. Nathanson, G. Fielding

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Surgical management of bleeding duodenal ulcer has traditionally included a procedure to reduce gastric acid production to enable ulcer healing and reduce the likelihood of rebleeding. The availability of intravenous proton pump inhibitors in the peri-operative period may promote rapid ulcer healing and as a component of anti-Helicobacter eradication therapy greatly reduces the incidence of ulcer recurrence. Using this approach, six patients with actively bleeding duodenal ulcer underwent laparoscopic duodenotomy and attempted suturing of the bleeding site. One patient required conversion to open surgery and subsequently re-bled at 60 h, necessitating a partial (Billroth II) gastrectomy. In the remaining five patients suture control of bleeding and luminal closure were completed laparoscopically without complications. Laparoscopic repair of acutely bleeding duodenal ulcers is technically feasible and had a low complication rate in this small series.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-215
Number of pages3
JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Bleeding duodenal ulcer
  • Laparoscopic duodenotomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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