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Diagnostic Advances in the Study of Gastrointestinal Bleeding: Experience with a New Device (Diagnostotube) for the Localization of Upper GI Bleeding and the Application of Cinefibergastroscopy in the Study of Bleeding Lesions.

Victor W. Groisser, M.D.; John DiBianco, M.D.; Gerald Nissenbaum, M.D.; and Albert Attia, M.D.
Ann Intern Med. 1964;60(2_Part_1):324. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-60-2-324_1
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The localization of the precise site of massive upper gastrointestinal hemorrhage is of considerable value in guiding therapy. Newer methods of diagnosing and documenting gastrointestinal hemorrhage employed by the Division of Gastroenterology at Seton Hall College of Medicine in the past 2 years have included the Fluorescein-Diagnostotube test and fiberoscopy with cine recordings where feasible.

The fluorescein "string" test has been modified by development of a new flexible, plastic tube (Diagnostotube) with 60 intraluminal radiopaque numbers 1 inch apart, and an outer absorbent sheath. Experience has been gained in 92 patients, 71 of whom had evidence of upper gastrointestinal bleeding.


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