Severe complication of rubber band ligation of internal hemorrhoids

Eli I. Shemesh, Ira J. Kodner*, Robert D. Fry, David M. Neufeld

*Corresponding author for this work

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In light of recent reports describing severe and even fatal complications, the authors would like to report good results in two patients with massive edema and one with localized necrosis following rubber band ligation of internal hemorrhoids, which were recognized early and treated aggressively. The potential for severe complications emphasizes the need for determining other causes of rectal symptoms before ligation of hemorrhoids is undertaken

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199-200
Number of pages2
JournalDiseases of the Colon and Rectum
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1987
Externally publishedYes


  • Elastic ligation
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Rubber band ligation


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