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Which treatment works the best and fastest for esophageal varices?

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Dr. Elizabeth Yen
Pediatric Gastroenterology 22 years experience
Depends: Esophageal varices are a complication of portal hypertension, a condition where the pressure in the vascular system of the GI tract becomes very elevated, usually due to liver disease. The greatest risk of having varices is life-threatening bleeding. If you have never bled before, a medication called Nadolol is effective to prevent bleeding. Otherwise, endoscopic banding is the best approach.
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Dr. Matt Malkin
Anesthesiology 18 years experience
Depends: Best is to treat the liver failure, reducing the pressure that creates the varices. Can be done with medication, tips shunt or transplant. Bleeding varices can be banded using GI scope and medical treatments. Liver failure that has progressed to such a state has a high mortality risk if not treated. Alcohol, tobacco and drug use should stop immediately.
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What's the best treatment to get rid of esophageal varices?

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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Liver transplant: Often esophageal varices are result of liver diseases/cirrhosis. There are surgical procedures such as shunts, clipping/tying them off etc..But the best treatment is treating the cirrhosis...Namely a liver transplant. Consult doc. Good luck.
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