13 June 2022 | News
Peptic ulcers are open sores that develop on the inside lining of the stomach and the upper portion of the small intestine
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Scientists led by Professor Joseph Sung, Nanyang Technological University or NTU’s Senior Vice President (Health and Life Sciences) and Dean of NTU’s Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, have validated a medical technology that could improve the treatment of the most serious bleeding peptic ulcers, which they say affect an estimated eight per cent of the world’s population.
The international team of gastroenterologists reported that applying a mineral powder directly to the ulcers using an endoscope had a 91 per cent success rate in stopping bleeding and starting the healing process, in a study of 67 patients diagnosed with the most serious forms of peptic ulcers.
Combined with other treatments, the mineral powder had a success rate of 97 per cent. The study, which involved doctors from hospitals and universities in Canada, the United Kingdom, The Netherlands, and Hong Kong, also reported that the mineral powder was found to be easy and effective to administer, with a success rate of 88 per cent after being applied once.
The ulcers can result in complications such as a hole in the stomach wall, blocked passage of food through the digestive tract, as well as a higher risk of developing gastric cancer.
Singapore's NTU-led study was to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the technology, named Hemospray, as a singular therapy for patients with actively bleeding peptic ulcers. It was developed by Cook Group, an American medical devices manufacturer, and had shown promise in treating peptic ulcers, but required further studies into its efficacy.