Clin Colon Rectal Surg 2010; 23(1): 031-036
DOI: 10.1055/s-0030-1247855
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Endoscopic Treatment for Lower Gastrointestinal Bleeding

Charles B. Whitlow1
  • 1Department of Colon and Rectal Surgery, Ochsner Clinic Foundation, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Publication Date:
09 March 2010 (online)


Lower gastrointestinal bleeding is common and can result from several colonic causes including diverticulosis, arteriovenous malformations, ischemia, inflammatory bowel disease, infectious colitis, neoplasm, postpolypectomy, and anastomotic and radiation proctitis. Following resuscitation and evaluation, colonoscopy can be used for diagnosis and treatment. Most physicians prescribe a bowel preparation for their patients. Therapeutic options include injection, coagulation (monopolar or bipolar cautery, argon plasma coagulator), and mechanical (clips, bands, detachable loops) devices.


Charles B WhitlowM.D. 

Department of Colon and Rectal Surgery

Ochsner Clinic Foundation, New Orleans, LA 70121