New Devices and Techniques for Handling Adverse Events. Claw, Suture, or Cover?

Nikhil A. Kumta, Christine Boumitri, Michel Kahaleh

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Increasingly invasive therapeutic endoscopic procedures and laparoscopic surgeries have resulted in endoscopists being challenged more frequently with perforations, fistulas, and anastomotic leakages, for which nonsurgical closure is desired. Devices and techniques are available and in development for endoscopic closure of gastrointestinal wall defects. Currently available devices with excellent clinical success rates include the over-the-scope clip and an endoscopic suturing system. Another device, the cardiac septal defect occluder, has been adapted for use in the gastrointestinal tract. Extensive endoscopic knowledge, a highly trained endoscopy team, and the availability of devices and equipment are required to manage complications endoscopically.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-168
Number of pages10
JournalGastrointestinal Endoscopy Clinics of North America
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Anastomotic leak
  • Cardiac septal defect occluder
  • Endoscopic closure
  • Endoscopic suturing
  • Fistula
  • Over-the-scope-clip
  • Perforation


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