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September 1973

Intragastric Instillation of LevarterenolA Method for Control of Upper Gastrointestinal Tract Hemorrhage

Author Affiliations

From the departments of anatomy (Dr. Wagner) and surgery (Drs. Kiselow and Wagner), Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

Arch Surg. 1973;107(3):387-389. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1973.01350210023008

In an attempt to control massive upper gastrointestinal tract hemorrhage, levarterenol (8 mg in 100 ml saline) was instilled into the stomachs of 12 massively and actively bleeding patients on 13 separate occasions. The hemorrhage was controlled in seven instances (54%). This mode of therapy can be instituted simply, promptly, and safely, and its use as the initial therapeutic attempt to stop upper gastrointestinal tract hemorrhage is warranted.