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Argon plasma coagulation therapy

Manner, Hendrik

Current Opinion in Gastroenterology: September 2008 - Volume 24 - Issue 5 - p 612–616
doi: 10.1097/MOG.0b013e32830bf825
Endoscopy: Edited by William R. Brugge

Purpose of review To give a summary of recent advances in argon plasma coagulation (APC) therapy in gastroenterology.

Recent findings APC has gained importance in gastrointestinal endoscopy during the last decade, and APC technology has improved over time. Recently published studies, mainly consisting of case series, have shown that APC can be used effectively in various forms of gastrointestinal disorders. The complication rates observed during clinical application are low.

Summary APC can be considered as a well tolerated and effective treatment approach in endoscopy. Further clinical trials including a comparison of APC to other treatment modalities as well as long-term follow-up after APC treatment are required to clarify the relative value of APC in gastroenterology.

Department of Internal Medicine II, HSK Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden, Germany

Correspondence to Hendrik Manner, Department of Internal Medicine II, HSK Wiesbaden, Ludwig-Erhard-Strasse 100, 65199 Wiesbaden, Germany Tel: +49 611 43 2420; fax: +49 611 43 2418; e-mail:

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