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The investigators aim at prospectively comparing procedural pain, adverse events and rebleeding rates of anoscopic rubber band ligation and endoscopic hypertonic saline injection in patients with symptomatic hemorrhoidal disease


Clinical Trial Description

Hemorrhoidal disease is a common encounter in a gastroenterologist's practice. These are often symptomatic, either bleeding or prolapsing. There are no set guidelines in our institution (The American University of Beirut Medical Center - AUBMC) for the treatment of symptomatic hemorrhoidal disease. Two types of treatment are available at our institution: anoscopic rubber band ligation (RBL) or endoscopic sclerotherapy (ESC) with hypertonic (20%) saline. Both methods have been shown to be effective in the literature, with above 75% complete symptomatic relief from a single application after 8-12 months. Post procedural pain of RBL in two randomized studies ranged 40-47%, while different studies showed post procedural pain following ESC to be 12-39%. However no study has ever compared these two therapeutic methods head-on, neither has any study compared both procedures for tolerability and rebleeding rates.

Research design and methods:

This study is a randomized, prospective study conducted at the American University of Beirut Medical Center which will involve 30 patients suffering from symptomatic hemorrhoidal disease requiring therapeutic intervention. Patients meeting inclusion criteria will be randomized using a computer generated randomization list to either Rubber Band Ligation (RBL) or Hypertonic Saline Sclerotherapy as a therapeutic interventional procedure.

- Patients will be approached by their Gastroenterologist during clinic visits and informed about the study. If participants wish to take part in the study, they will be given additional study information, screened for inclusion criteria, and consented by the research assistant or clinic nurse. Recruitment and randomization will occur during the same visit after patient consent in order to properly schedule patients for their therapeutic interventional procedures. All rubber band ligations will be performed by one endoscopist and all sclerotherapies will be performed by the other endoscopist. ;


Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment


Related Conditions & MeSH terms


NCT number NCT02851940
Study type Interventional
Source American University of Beirut Medical Center
Contact Hussein H Rimmani, MD
Phone 009611350000
Email hhr06@aub.edu.lb
Status Not yet recruiting
Phase N/A
Start date September 2016
Completion date December 2017

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