Management of esophageal varices

An update from Digestive Disease Week and American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases 2003

Samer Gawrieh, Kia Saeian

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Abstract

Esophageal varices are a commonly encountered complication of cirrhosis. β-blockers are a well-established cornerstone of the treatment of portal hypertension and primary and secondary prophylaxis for prevention of esophageal variceal bleeding. However, not all patients tolerate this type of therapy. Moreover, the exact role of esophageal variceal band ligation alone or in combination with β-blocker therapy in the management of patients with esophageal varices remains to be defined. This summary report presents a number of recent studies addressing these important issues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)206-209
Number of pages4
JournalCurrent Gastroenterology Reports
Volume6
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2004
Externally publishedYes

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Esophageal and Gastric Varices
Portal Hypertension
Secondary Prevention
Ligation
Fibrosis
Therapeutics
Hemorrhage

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