Erythromycin before endoscopy in upper GI bleeding: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials
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Upper gastrointestinal bleeding (UGIB) is a common medical emergency that accounts for numerous hospital admissions each year. Given its significant morbidity and mortality, urgent endoscopy with adequate gastric mucosal visualization is imperative for identification and treatment of bleeding lesions. Various studies have been done evaluating the effectiveness of erythromycin infusion prior to endoscopy to improve visibility and therapeutic potential of endoscopy; however, the results have been controversial. To evaluate further, we performed a meta-analysis comparing the efficacy of erythromycin infusion before endoscopy in acute UGIB.