Preliminary clinical experience with the heat probe at endoscopy in acute upper gastrointestinal bleeding

Gastrointest Endosc. 1985 Dec;31(6):364-6. doi: 10.1016/s0016-5107(85)72248-1.


The heat probe is a recently developed instrument for endoscopic treatment of bleeding. A prototype probe was used in 16 patients with significant hemorrhage from peptic ulcers (10 duodenal and six gastric). It proved impossible to treat four of the patients with duodenal ulcers because of obscuring clots or active bleeding. Rebleeding occurred in only one of 12 patients who had undergone successful application of the probe and ceased after a second treatment. There were no complications due to treatment.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Duodenal Ulcer / complications
  • Duodenal Ulcer / therapy
  • Duodenoscopy
  • Female
  • Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage / etiology
  • Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage / therapy*
  • Gastroscopy
  • Hot Temperature / therapeutic use*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Peptic Ulcer Hemorrhage / therapy*
  • Stomach Ulcer / complications
  • Stomach Ulcer / therapy