Routine early endoscopy in upper-gastrointestinal-tract bleeding: a randomized, controlled trial.

@article{Peterson1981RoutineEE,
  title={Routine early endoscopy in upper-gastrointestinal-tract bleeding: a randomized, controlled trial.},
  author={Walter L. Peterson and Carlton C. Barnett and Holly J. Smith and Michael Hugh Allen and D B Corbett},
  journal={The New England journal of medicine},
  year={1981},
  volume={304 16},
  pages={925-9}
}
To determine whether routine early endoscopy is beneficial to patients with upper-gastrointestinal-tract bleeding that ceases during hospitalization, we randomly assigned 206 patients to routine endoscopy (100 patients) or no routine endoscopy (106). Patients in the latter group underwent endoscopy only if recurrent bleeding occurred during hospitalization or if x-ray films disclosed gastric ulcer or suggested neoplasia. All patients were initially treated with an empiric antacid regimen. When… CONTINUE READING

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