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Etymology: Fr, tamponnade
a procedure in which a device consisting of a flexible tube and two balloons is inserted into a passageway and the balloons are expanded to restrict the flow of blood or to force open a stenosis. See also balloon angioplasty.
Indications Bleeding esophageal varices or any persistent esophageal hemorrhage
balloon tamponadeEmergency medicine A hemostatic procedure for upper GI bleeding using a Sengstaken-Blakemore tube inflated in the stomach, which anchors the device in the desired location Indications Bleeding esophageal varices or any persistent esophageal hemorrhage. See Sengstaken-Blakemore tube.
The application of pressure against a part of the body with an inflatable balloon, typically to stop blood loss. Balloon tamponade has been used to stop bleeding from esophageal varices, ectopic pregnancies, the post-partum uterus, the liver (as after gunshot wounds), damaged blood vessels.
See also: tamponade