Over the scope clips for treatment of acute nonvariceal gastrointestinal bleeding in children are safe and effective

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Objective: There is little published experience with the use of over-the-scope clips (OTSCs) in pediatric patients. The aim of this study is to present our single-center experience utilizing OTSCs for nonvariceal gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding. Methods: This is a retrospective case series of pediatric patients who underwent endoscopic management of GI bleeding during which OTSCs were used. Results: Eleven cases of OTSC utilization for hemostasis were identified in 10 unique patients between November 2014 and May 2016. The median age at intervention was 14.7 years (range 3.9-16.8 years) and median weight was 39kg (range 17.4-85.8 kg). Technical success and hemostasis were achieved in all cases and there were no complications. Median follow-up was 32.9 months (range 21.2-39.4 months). All nonanastomotic ulcers (4), polypectomy bleeding (2), and sphincterotomy bleeding (1) had no evidence of recurrent GI bleeding at last follow-up. Two patients with anastomotic ulcerations required additional medical interventions. Conclusions: Our series demonstrates the safety and effectiveness of the OTSCs in the pediatric population for acute GI bleeding throughout the GI tract. In our experience, it is effective for nonanastomotic ulcers, postpolypectomy bleeding, and postsphincterotomy bleeding even when other hemostatic techniques have failed. OTSCs may be less effective in the setting of anastomotic ulcerations, reaffirming the refractory nature of these lesions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)458-463
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2018


  • Endoscopy
  • Hemostasis
  • Pediatric

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Gastroenterology


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