Laser Therapy for Severe Radiation-Induced Rectal Bleeding

DAVID A. AHLQUIST, CHRISTOPHER J. GOSTOUT, THOMAS R. VIGGIANO, JOHN H. PEMBERTON

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Abstract

Four patients with chronic hematochezia and transfusion-dependent anemia from postradiation rectal vascular lesions were successfully managed by endoscopic laser coagulation. In all four patients, symptomatic, hematologic, and endoscopic improvement was evident. Laser therapy for severe radiation-induced rectal bleeding seems to be safe and efficacious and should be considered before surgical intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)927-931
Number of pages5
JournalMayo Clinic proceedings
Volume61
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1986

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