Management of acute arterial gastro-intestinal haemorrhage – online course
Please note that this course is no longer CME accredited, but we are working on a new accredited version.
Authors: R. Patel and R. Uberoi
Reviewers: M. Hoffmann, T. Jahnke, L. Kamper, A. Krajina, T. Kroencke and C. Nice
This course corresponds to chapter 18.104.22.168.8 Visceral Arterial Disease in the European Curriculum and Syllabus for IR.
Acute gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding is a serious and often life-threatening condition. It is vital to differentiate upper GI (U-GI) and lower GI (L-GI) bleeding where possible, although the clinical presentation and management strategies can often overlap. Patients with GI bleeds must be cared for in appropriate units with multidisciplinary input from the emergency department, gastroenterology, diagnostic and interventional radiology, GI surgery, endoscopy and critical care teams being required. A named team leader is needed to co-ordinate the overall care of the patient. Patients should be appropriately risk stratified and resucitated. Endoscopy is often the first line of investigation and/or therapy, certainly if there is any possibility of the bleed originating from the U-GI tract and sometimes for L-GI bleeds as well. Multi-slice CT is a rapid, accurate and highly valuable tool in diagnosing GI bleeding as well as planning subsequent endovascular/interventional treatment such as embolisation, although it should be borne in mind that active GI bleeding is usually intermittent. Nuclear medicine or capsule endoscopic studies are selectively used for slow GI bleeds which cannot be diagnosed with certainty by endoscopy or CT. IR techniques have proven to be safe and effective, and have largely replaced surgery as the treatment of choice in cases where endoscopic techniques are not feasible or have failed to control GI bleeding.
All interventional radiologists providing services for acute patients need to have the appropriate skills and knowledge to manage patients with GI bleeds. This module with the learning video and text provides an overview of the necessary anatomy, pathophysiology, indications, contraindications and techniques for treatment as well as guidance on post-procedural management and follow-up after intervention.
- Gain an understanding of vascular anatomy relevant to GI embolisation.
- Understand the pathophysiology of GI haemorrhage.
- Understand the indications and contraindications for GI embolisation.
- Understand the role of medical, endoscopic, surgical and endovascular treatment options for GI bleeding.
- Understand the role of radiological imaging modalities and endoscopy prior to endovascular treatment of GI haemorrhage.
- Understand the role of empiric embolisation in the management of GI haemorrhage.
- Understand the role of anti-spasmodics, vasodilators, anticoagulants and thrombolytic agents in the evaluation, imaging and management of GI haemorrhage.
- Understand the principles of GI embolisation, likely outcomes and potential complications.
This course covers a basic level of IR knowledge and is designed for trainees, students or young consultants aiming to acquire essential knowledge or prepare for the EBIR exam. Thereby, it is tailored to the European Curriculum and Syllabus for IR and corresponds to chapter 22.214.171.124.8 Visceral Arterial Disease.
The format of the course is easy to use and interactive by including texts, graphics, videos and a quiz to support your learning. The course duration is around one hour.
Upon purchase, access to the course is granted for an enrolment period of 90 days.
Release date: November 2018