Palliative bipolar electrocoagulation therapy of obstructing esophageal cancer

James H. Johnston, David Fleischer, John Petrini, H. Juergen Nord

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Abstract

In a multicenter pilot study, a prototype bipolar electrocoagulation tumor probe was employed for palliation of obstructing circumferential esophageal cancer in 20 patients. Mean number of initial treatment sessions was 1.7. Dysphagia and tumor channel size improved significantly after treatment Mean treatment interval before repeat treatment was 7.6 weeks. Major complications included delayed hemorrhage (two patients) and esophageal-pulmonary fistula (two patients). This new device may provide a less expensive alternative to laser or surgery for palliation of malignant esophageal obstruction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)349-353
Number of pages5
JournalGastrointestinal Endoscopy
Volume33
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1987
Externally publishedYes

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Electrocoagulation
Esophageal Neoplasms
Esophageal Fistula
Laser Therapy
Therapeutics
Deglutition Disorders
Multicenter Studies
Neoplasms
Hemorrhage
Equipment and Supplies
Lung

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Gastroenterology

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Palliative bipolar electrocoagulation therapy of obstructing esophageal cancer. / Johnston, James H.; Fleischer, David; Petrini, John; Juergen Nord, H.

In: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Vol. 33, No. 5, 01.01.1987, p. 349-353.

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Johnston, James H. ; Fleischer, David ; Petrini, John ; Juergen Nord, H. / Palliative bipolar electrocoagulation therapy of obstructing esophageal cancer. In: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. 1987 ; Vol. 33, No. 5. pp. 349-353.
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