What is the role of Doppler ultrasonographic probes in the treatment of upper gastrointestinal bleeding (UGIB)?

Updated: Sep 01, 2021
  • Author: Bennie Ray Upchurch, III, MD, FACP, AGAF, FACG, FASGE; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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There is increasing use of Doppler ultrasonographic probe-guided lesion assessment to detect significant arterial flow in the vessel at the ulcer base, thanks to the development of relatively low cost, easy-to-use Doppler units and disposable endoscopic probes. [112, 122] Two studies have shown Doppler probe assessment is more accurate than classic endoscopic scoring of stigmata in the base of ulcers, at predicting rebleeding risk. [123, 124]


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