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Doctor insights on: Alternative Treatments For Bleeding Esophageal Varices

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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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Dr. Alan Patterson
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Bleeding (Definition)

Bleeding is a term describing the loss of blood. It can occur inside the body due to damage to blood vessels or organs or outside the body during menstruation or when there is a ...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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Esophagus (Definition)

This is the muscular structure built like a tube that connects your throat to the stomach though which food ...Read more