Why might argon plasma coagulation be needed?

Argon plasma coagulation (APC) is often used in the case of gastric antral vascular ectasia (GAVE), angiodysplasias or traumas in the gastrointestinal tract. Due to the rapid speed at which the APC delivers plasma, it is commonly used for emergencies.

Why would argon plasma coagulation be used for these emergencies?

Argon plasma coagulation (APC) was developed as an alternative to the contact thermal coagulation which uses a heater probe and cautery and non-contact laser. The advantage of argon plasma coagulation is that it is easy to use and fast acting. It offers a non-contact thermal method of hemostasis with reduced depth of penetration and is more cost-effective than laser.


Gastrocure, Eastern Cape