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Dr. Scott Keith
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Esophageal Varices (Overview)

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.


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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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Dr. Scott Keith
45 doctors shared insights

Esophageal Varices (Overview)

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.


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What do you recommend for esophageal varices?

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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I've been diagnosed with esophageal varices how much time should I expect to take off of work?

Keep working: Esophageal varices can bleed and if you presented this way and have been appropriately treated then ask your physician when to return to work. Known esophageal varices without bleeding should not keep you from working, and maintaining adequate nutrition, exercise, and rest should help you. Progression of the liver damage may weaken you to the point of decreasing performance at work, then stop. ...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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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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Does the symptom alcoholism mean that I have esophageal varices?

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 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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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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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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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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Esophagus (Definition)

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