A 64-year-old man with Crohn's disease who had undergone repair of an ileovesical fistula and ileoileostomy had numerous postoperative complications related to sepsis and wound healing. Subsequently, upper gastrointestinal bleeding developed, and the site was identified as a duodenal sinus. Medical management was unsuccessful in controlling the bleeding. Because of the considerable risk associated with reoperation in this seriously ill patient, approval was obtained from the Food and Drug Administration to use fibrin glue in an attempt to prevent further bleeding. The glue was mixed with barium and placed in the duodenal sinus under endoscopic guidance. The barium-impregnated glue facilitated follow-up surveillance with abdominal roentgenography. The patient had no further gastrointestinal bleeding. Further clinical and experimental studies should be conducted to determine the mechanism of action and the efficacy of this application of fibrin glue.
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