DÄ internationalArchive18/2008Diagnosis and Management of Upper Gastrointestinal Bleeding: Emergency Endoscopy

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Diagnosis and Management of Upper Gastrointestinal Bleeding: Emergency Endoscopy

Dtsch Arztebl Int 2008; 105(18): 346. DOI: 10.3238/arztebl.2008.0346a

Pronratz, J; Sadiq, S; Pott, G; Winter, W

LNSLNS We would like to point out the following problem. In the key word columns on page 86, a reader in a rush will read "Every patient with a severe intestinal hemorrhage, [...] should first be hemodynamically stabilized in an intensive care or step-down unit."

This may lead to the conclusion that emergency endoscopy should not be initiated in parallel. However, this is a life saving measure in patients with arterial bleeds, e.g., Forrest Ia or esophageal varices.
DOI: 10.3238/arztebl.2008.346a