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Case Reports in Gastrointestinal Medicine
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 972765, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/972765
Case Report

Combined Use of Clips and Nylon Snare (“Tulip-Bundle”) as a Rescue Endoscopic Bleeding Control in a Mallory-Weiss Syndrome

Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Hospital Centre Zagreb, Kispaticeva 12, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia

Received 12 May 2014; Accepted 25 August 2014; Published 25 September 2014

Academic Editor: Christoph Elsing

Copyright © 2014 Hrvoje Ivekovic et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Mallory-Weiss syndrome (MWS) accounts for 6–14% of all cases of upper gastrointestinal bleeding. Prognosis of patients with MWS is generally good, with a benign course and rare recurrence of bleeding. However, no strict recommendations exist in regard to the mode of action after a failure of primary endoscopic hemostasis. We report a case of an 83-year-old male with MWS and rebleeding after the initial endoscopic treatment with epinephrine and clips. The final endoscopic control of bleeding was achieved by a combined application of clips and a nylon snare in a “tulip-bundle” fashion. The patient had an uneventful postprocedural clinical course and was discharged from the hospital five days later. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first case report showing the “tulip-bundle” technique as a rescue endoscopic bleeding control in the esophagus.