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World J Gastrointest Surg. Sep 27, 2016; 8(9): 614-620
Published online Sep 27, 2016. doi: 10.4240/wjgs.v8.i9.614
Rubber band ligation of hemorrhoids: A guide for complications
Andreia Albuquerque
Andreia Albuquerque, Department of Gastroenterology, Centro Hospitalar São João, 4200-319 Porto, Portugal
Author contributions: Albuquerque A solely contributed to this manuscript.
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Correspondence to: Andreia Albuquerque, MD, Department of Gastroenterology, Centro Hospitalar São João, Alameda Professor Hernâni Monteiro, 4200-319 Porto, Portugal.
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Received: April 13, 2016
Peer-review started: April 18, 2016
First decision: May 19, 2016
Revised: June 25, 2016
Accepted: July 14, 2016
Article in press: July 18, 2016
Published online: September 27, 2016
Core Tip

Core tip: Rubber band ligation of hemorrhoids is a very effective non-surgical treatment for internal hemorrhoids. Different techniques were developed mainly to improve efficacy and safety. This is an overall safe procedure, although severe complications can occur, such as infections. It is very important to know these possible complications to reduce their risk and to allow early recognition and successful treatment.