Use of Ankaferd Blood Stopper for controlling actively bleeding fundal varices

Okten S., Kurt M., Onal I. K., Haznedaroglu I. C.

SINGAPORE MEDICAL JOURNAL, vol.52, no.1, 2011 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 52 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Variceal bleeding is one of the most important and life-threatening complications of portal hypertension. Although less common than oesophageal varices that have a lower frequency of bleeding, gastric varices tend to result in more severe and mortal bleeding. The Ankaferd Blood Stopper (ABS) has been used with varying success in recent years for the management of bleeding from skin lesions and after dental surgery, and in other clinical conditions in which conventional haemostatic measures have proved to be deficient. In serious bleeding gastric fundal varices, ABS can also act as a bridge in the absence or unavailability of definitive therapies.