Upper gastrointestinal bleeding is one of the most common medical emergencies. Standard endoscopic hemostatic treatments in control of bleeding includes the use of hemoclips or contact thermal devices. However, the failure rate of either method approaches 10%. Over-the-scope clips (OTSCs) is an emerging option for endoscopic haemostasis. In this study, researchers found that the probability of 30-day further bleeding was 14% in the standard treatment group and 3% in the OTSC group. The result suggested that OTSCs as an initial treatment may be better than standard treatment at reducing the risk of further bleeding in adults with acute non-variceal upper gastrointestinal bleeding. (doi: 10.7326/M22-1783. Epub 2023 Mar 7.)
Anyone interested in future collaboration in this field of research is welcome to contact our key investigator Prof. James LAU from the Department of Surgery, CUHK. Prof. Lau’s research focuses on therapeutic endoscopy, vascular surgery, peptic ulcer bleeding and endoscopic therapy. He is the head of division of surgery in Graduate School at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.