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What are the differences between esophageal varices and hemorrhoids?

What are the differences between esophageal varices and hemorrhoids?

Location: Both areas represent collateral circulation between the portal system (think guts) and the systemic circulation. Increased flow in these areas leads to enlargement of the veins and the problems listed. Both may be a sign of problem in the portal system, or may be isolated problems. Further history, examination and testing is needed to know more. ...Read more

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Can someone die from bleeding esophageal varices?

Can someone die from bleeding esophageal varices?

Bleeding varices BAD: There is a mortality rate of 30-50% with the first episode of upper GI bleeding from esophageal varices. Two thirds of these patients die within 1 year. Most patients with varices have cirrhosis, 40% dying from associated medical problems. About a quarter to a third of cirrhosis patients bleed at least once from varices. Many therapeutic and preventative options exist--get to a GI doctor asap. ...Read more

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Why is esophageal varices bleeding a fatal condition?

Why is esophageal varices bleeding a fatal condition?

It can be: Bleeding esophageal varices are very serious because you can loose a lot blood quickly. It can be fatal but often is not. Other factors like the overall health the patient also affect the chance of death. ...Read more

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What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for esophageal varices?

Variety of things: Esophageal varices are dilated veins that form when the liver is damaged. When the liver is scarred blood flow "backs up" into nereby veins like those in the esophagus, they can then bleed. Therapy is aimed at lowering the bleeding risk. Medicines which lower the pressure in the veins (beta blockers, nitrates) can help. So can procedures that divert blood flow from the liver ("tips". ...Read more

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What's the best treatment to get rid of esophageal varices?

What's the best treatment to get rid of esophageal varices?

Can not: Oesophageal varices are enlarged submucosal veins that develop secondary to portal vein hypertension. Operations to decompress the portal vein system into the vena cava or the left renal vein have been developed as well as interrupting the varices from the portal system. Consult hepatologist and portal surgeon. Liver transplant can eliminate portal hypertension. ...Read more

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Is there any treatment for esophageal varices?

Is there any treatment for esophageal varices?

Sort of: Medications and banding have been shown to dedrease but not eliminate to risk of varies bleeding. Ultimately that is what really maters. ...Read more

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What are some available treatments for esophageal varices?

Multiple: Varices can be treated with medications like beta blockers to reduce venous pressures, direct ligation of the veins, systemic shunts to reduce blood flow and pressure in the liver and portal vein system. The ultimate treatment in select cases is a liver transplant. Need to work with a hematologist and GI specialist and at times a GI surgeon. ...Read more

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Which treatment works the best and fastest for esophageal varices?

Which treatment works the best and fastest for esophageal varices?

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. ...Read more

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Please let me know if there is any treatment for the esophageal varices?

Please let me know if there is any treatment for the esophageal varices?

Yes: The varices can be sclerosed or banded. GI specialist are the doctors that usually do this. I recommend you consult with a GI specialist. ...Read more

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Do doctors see a lot of patients with esophageal varices?

Gastrenterologists: Gastroenterologists that do hepatology, deal with cirrhosis of the liver, liver fluke, and portal hypertension. ...Read more

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My Dad age 58 had Gastro duodenoscopy test. Below I mentioned report conclusion. Anything to worry? SMALL ESOPHAGEAL VARICES MILD PHG ANTRAL NODULARITY

My Dad age 58 had Gastro duodenoscopy test. Below I mentioned report conclusion. Anything to worry? SMALL ESOPHAGEAL VARICES MILD PHG ANTRAL NODULARITY

Follow-up: Some of these findings are indicative of high blood flow in the portal system, most commonly due to significant liver disease. I strongly recommend that your father follow-up with his gastroenterologist for further work-up. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get esophageal varices?

No, it is uncommon.: Esophageal varices are more common in people with high blood pressure in veins that drain into the liver. This is usually caused by a liver disease like alcohol-induced cirrhosis or chronic hepatitis. ...Read more

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What's the difference between gastric varices and esophageal varices?

What's the difference between gastric varices and esophageal varices?

Location: Both arise in the same disease processes, probably depending on minor details of the patient's anatomy. Increase in portal venous pressure in the liver causes dilation of normally very small venous channels to relieve the pressure difference between the portal and systemic veins. These vessels are very thin-walled and easily bleed, which can be catastrophic. ...Read more

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How much time do the bands last after esophageal varices surgery. Do you have to have them replaced?

Esophageal banding: Esophageal banding essentially puts a "rubber band" like device around an enlarged blood vessel in the esophagus that is bleeding or at risk for bleeding. This banding essentially cuts off the blood supply. After this is performed the band will eventually fall off in a few days to a week. You might see the band pass in your stool. If you had banding done you may need again sometime in the future. ...Read more

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What are the differences between esophageal varices and hemorrhoids?

Location: Both areas represent collateral circulation between the portal system (think guts) and the systemic circulation. Increased flow in these areas leads to enlargement of the veins and the problems listed. Both may be a sign of problem in the portal system, or may be isolated problems. Further history, examination and testing is needed to know more. ...Read more

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What is a good way to lose weight and get rid of esophageal varices?

They don't. ..: Esophageal varices are caused by portal hypertension, usually from cirrhosis. They do not go away with weight loss. Have you seen a liver specialist (hepatologist) yet? Please do so. Your question suggests a lack of understanding and varices can have fatal complications. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my father was recently diagnosed with esophageal varices 2. can you help me with a diet chart and precautions?

Liver health: Esophageal varices are usually related to liver cirrhosis.
There are several dietary concern with liver cirrhosis specifically limiting sodium. additionally it is important to avoid constipation. ...Read more

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Does the symptom alcoholism mean that I have esophageal varices?

No: Esophageal varices are swollen blood vessels in the esophagus that are sometimes caused by chronic alcoholic drinking. Not all alcoholics have it, and not everyone who has it is an alcoholic. It is caused by increased pressure in the vessels from a sick liver and elevated blood pressure. ...Read more

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How do people develop esophageal varices?

Cirrhosis: Scarring of the liver (cirrhosis) interferes with blood flow into the liver substance, especially venous blood coming from the gastrointestinal tract. This results in rerouting of this venous blood which is returned to the heart through esophageal varices, which are veins that become abnormally dilated in order to acommodate this increased volume of blood. ...Read more

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My sister says she has esophageal varices. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

My sister says she has esophageal varices. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

Liver disease: Varices are seen commonly in liver disease. So it depends on what liver disease we are talking about. For example hepatitis c isn't genetic but wilson's disease and hereditary hemachromatosis are. ...Read more

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Can a teenager get esophageal varices?

If cirrhosis: Uncommon but cirrhosis is possible at all ages an thus varies are a possibility. ...Read more

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Can you tell me of a good way to lose weight with esophageal varices?

Esophageal varices: Esophageal varices themselves do not cause weight gain. Often times, it is a sign of liver dysfunction (portal hypertension). Following a low salt diet will help reduce any weight gain from fluid retention. Discuss with your doctor about diuretics which can also control your body's fluid balance. ...Read more

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My dad was recently diagnosed with esophageal varices 2. How do I plan a diet chart and what other precautions can I take?

My dad was recently diagnosed with esophageal varices 2. How do I plan a diet chart and what other precautions can I take?

Varices: Best not to consume alcohol, particularly if cirrhosis is the cause. If so, protein and salt intake may also be an issue. This is something that should be discussed with his gastroenterologist/hepatologist with additional benefit from dietary consultation. Any infections, signs of bleeding or confusion require prompt medical attention. ...Read more

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I'm worried because my dad was recently diagnosed with esophageal varices 2. Can you help me with a diet chart and precautions, what do you suggest?

I'm worried because my dad was recently diagnosed with esophageal varices 2. Can you help me with a diet chart and precautions, what do you suggest?

Diet for varices: Rule of thumb is to avoid foods with sharp edges (like potato chips). Also should be on a stomach acid blocking pill and limit spicy foods. Otherwise should be able to eat what he likes. ...Read more

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Small esophageal varices mild esophagitis at gej portal hypertension. If surgery cannot b done what is the treatment?

Small esophageal varices mild esophagitis at gej portal hypertension. If surgery cannot b done what is the treatment?

Portal hypertension: This is most commonly due to cirrhosis of the liver and must be dealt with by a hepatologist, gastroenterologist or general surgeon familiar with the area of practice. Knowing the etiology of this would also be helpful. The esohagitis at the gej may be due to reflux. ...Read more

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How can I treat esophageal varices?

How can I treat esophageal varices?

See a doctor: Esophageal varices is not a trivial lesion. It is usually associated with severe and chronic liver disease. It is not something you can treat yourself for. ...Read more

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What do you recommend for esophageal varices?

Banding: Esophageal varices are treated with endoscopic banding, a procedure (semi invasive) that ties the varices in the esophagus that prevents them from bleeding. Sclerotherapy (injecting a substance that will cause obliteration of a varix) is another option, but is less frequently used. Anti-acid therapy with acid reducers is added as well. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: esophageal varices?

What is the definition or description of: esophageal varices?

Large veins: Esophageal varices are enlarged veins lying under the lining of the esophagus. Their danger is they may start bleeding, sometimes spontaneously. This shows up as vomiting blood. ...Read more

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