The treatment of hemorrhagic gastritis with cimetidine

D. H. Dunn, R. C. Fischer, S. E. Silvis, G. R. Onstad, R. J. Howard, J. P. Delaney

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Abstract

Thirteen patients in whom bleeding from hemorrhagic gastritis was not controlled by a variety of therapeutic modalities were treated with cimetidine. Twelve of the 13 patients stopped bleeding. Three subsequently rebled, two of whom required an operation to control the bleeding. The average amount of blood transfused per patient before treatment with cimetidine was 16 units and after cimetidine, 1.6 units. Nine of the 13 patients died, but only one of them died of a combination of sepsis and multiple organ failure. We observed no adverse side effects after the administration of cimetidine. Cimetidine is a safe and reliable means to control bleeding from hemorrhagic gastritis. Once the diagnosis of hemorrhagic gastritis is established, treatment with cimetidine should be begun and continued until the underlying stress which initiated the bleeding is controlled.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)737-739
Number of pages3
JournalSurgery Gynecology and Obstetrics
Volume147
Issue number5
StatePublished - Dec 1 1978

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