Endoscopy 2007; 39: E156
DOI: 10.1055/s-2006-925254
Unusual cases and technical notes

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Novel endoscopic hemostasis technique for use during endoscopic submucosal dissection

S. Enomoto1, 2 , N. Yahagi2 , M. Fujishiro2 , M. Oka2 , N. Kakushima2 , M. Iguchi1 , K. Yanaoka1 , K. Arii1 , H. Tamai1 , Y. Shimizu1 , M. Omata2 , M. Ichinose1
  • 1Second Department of Internal Medicine, Wakayama Medical University, Wakayama, Japan
  • 2Department of Gastroenterology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
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Publication Date:
23 July 2007 (online)

Endoscopic mucosal resection techniques have now evolved to include endoscopic submucosal dissection [1-3]. Although this technique enables larger tumors to be resected en bloc with adequate margins, a high complication rate due to bleeding, especially arterial bleeding, has become apparent [4]. In a considerable number of cases of bleeding that occur during endoscopic submucosal dissection the bleeding source cannot be identified because of a blood-filled field. The hemostatic method used during endoscopic submucosal dissection should secure a sufficient visual field to see the bleeding lesion, should be easy to perform, and should be capable of reliably stopping arterial bleeding. With these requirements in mind, we have developed a method of endoscopic hemostasis for use during endoscopic submucosal dissection that consists of high-frequency hemostatic forceps (HDB2422W; Pentax, Tokyo, Japan) (Figure [1 a]) and an endoscope equipped with a water-jet system (Pentax EG-2931/SA-P2) (Figure [1 b]).

Figure 1 a The high-frequency hemostatic forceps (Pentax HDB2422W) has a narrow opening angle, small cup, and blunt edges. b The endoscope was fitted with a water-jet system (Pentax EG-2931/SA-P2): the water jet is delivered to the visual field by stepping on the foot switch.

The forceps have been developed specially for hemostasis and have a narrow opening angle, a small cup, and a blunt edge, to ensure efficient electrocoagulation. Coagulation of the bleeding vessel requires only a low electrical current, which rarely causes perforation. After pinpoint holding and mechanical compression, electrocoagulation is easily performed. The water-jet system supplies a continuous jet of water at high pressure, which easily and swiftly washes away any blood that is obstructing the visual field, allowing identification of the bleeding source. Because the water-jet system supplies water through an exclusive port, the forceps channel can be used for the hemostatic instrument. By washing the bleeding field with the water jet, the bleeding source can be immediately identified and coagulated (Figure [2], Video [1]), although in a small number of cases of erupting venous bleeding it can be difficult to identify the bleeding source. There are several hemostatic procedures which are used to control arterial bleeding during and after endoscopic submucosal dissection, but this procedure is quite effective and can be used as the method of first choice for treating this complication.

Figure 2 Schematic representation of the hemostatic procedure designed for use during endoscopic submucosal dissection, using hemostatic forceps and an endoscope equipped with a water-jet system. a Pulsatile bleeding from an exposed ulcer. b The water-jet system is used to clear the field in order to identify the source of bleeding and confirm its severity. c The hemostatic forceps are inserted via the forceps channel as water is delivered continuously at high pressure. d Electrocoagulation is performed after pinpoint holding and mechanical compression with the hemostatic forceps.


VideoThe combination of high-frequency hemostatic forceps and a water-jet system that provides a continuous supply of water at high pressure swiftly washes away obstructing blood in the visual field and allows accurate and effective hemostasis. This method is quite effective for controlling arterial bleeding during and after endoscopic submucosal dissection.

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