Endoscopic Nd:YAG laser treatment of severe radiation injury of the lower gastrointestinal tract: long-term follow-up.

Abstract

We report a series of patients with severe radiation injury treated with endoscopic laser photocoagulation. Eight patients with recurrent lower gastrointestinal bleeding secondary to procosigmoiditis were treated with endoscopic Nd:YAG laser therapy. Patients were followed for an average of 21.7 months after the first laser treatment. Average transfusion requirements and hospital admissions per patient-month were 0.93 and 0.27, respectively, in the prelaser period and 0.18 and 0.06, respectively, in the entire period following the first laser treatment. A total of 26 laser treatments were performed. There were three major (prolonged ileus) and one minor (pain) complication. We conclude that endoscopic Nd:YAG laser photocoagulation is a safe, effective, and lasting treatment in severe, symptomatic radiation injury of the lower gastrointestinal tract.

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@article{Alexander1988EndoscopicNL, title={Endoscopic Nd:YAG laser treatment of severe radiation injury of the lower gastrointestinal tract: long-term follow-up.}, author={Terry J. Alexander and Richard M. Dwyer}, journal={Gastrointestinal endoscopy}, year={1988}, volume={34 5}, pages={407-11} }