April 1976

Treatment of Reflux Esophagitis Resulting in Massive Esophageal Bleeding

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City.

Arch Surg. 1976;111(4):365-367. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1976.01360220061010

• The complications that occur secondary to sliding hiatal hernia are reflux esophagitis with ulceration, stricture formation, and hemorrhage.

We have treated seven patients for massive esophageal bleeding secondary to reflux esophagitis. All had endoscopic evidence of reflux esophagitis and a negative work-up for other sources of bleeding. All underwent Nissen fundoplication as the only mode of therapy for the bleeding esophagitis. No patient has bled again; healing of the esophagitis was evident six weeks after operation, as observed by gastrointestinal endoscopy.

This operation prevents reflux, has minimal side-effects, and gives consistent results in the hands of the average trained gastrointestinal surgeon.

(Arch Surg 111:365-367, 1976)