Effect of prophylactic endoscopic clipping for prevention of delayed bleeding after endoscopic papillectomy for ampullary neoplasm: a multicenter randomized trial
BACKGROUND : Endoscopic clip placement is technically challenging using a duodenoscope, limiting their application for treatment of bleeding after endoscopic papillectomy. This study evaluated the efficacy of newly designed clips to prevent bleeding after endoscopic papillectomy. METHODS : Patients (n = 80) with suspected benign adenomas on the major papilla who were scheduled for endoscopic papillectomy with or without clipping were randomized. A new duodenoscope-compatible clip capable of being rotated, reopened, and repeatedly repositioned was used. The primary end point was incidence of delayed bleeding. RESULTS : The clipping procedure was successful in all patients. The incidence of delayed bleeding was nonsignificantly higher in the no-clipping group than in the clipping group (31.6 % [95 % confidence interval (CI) 19.1-47.5] vs. 15.0 % [95 %CI 7.1-29.1]). The incidence of post-endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography pancreatitis did not differ significantly between the groups (clipping vs. no-clipping: 17.5 % [95 %CI 8.7-31.9] vs. 5.3 % [95 %CI 1.5-17.3]), and all cases were mild. CONCLUSIONS : Placement of the newly designed rotatable clip was technically feasible and tended to have a protective effect by preventing delayed bleeding after endoscopic papillectomy, although statistical significance was not reached.