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Will cirrhosis cause gastrointestinal bleeding?

Will  cirrhosis cause gastrointestinal bleeding?

It can: It can. You can bleed from varices: dilated blood vessels in the esophagus. People with cirrhosis can also bleed from the usual causes, such as gastritis and ulcers, especially if they're drinking. It's generally recommended that people with cirrhosis get an upper endoscopy to find out whether they have varices, since there are things that can be done to prevent them from bleeding. ...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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Can barretts esophagus lead to cancer of esophagus?

Can barretts esophagus lead to cancer of esophagus?

Yes if untreated: If untreated barrett's ulcer of of esophagus , will tranforms to cancer , as already there is mucosal change ( sqamous metaplasia ) , there is high incidence of malignency and need close observation. ...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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Does barrett's esophagus lead to cancer of the esophagus?

Does barrett's esophagus lead to cancer of the esophagus?

It can: Barrett's esophagus increases the risk for developing adenocarcinoma of the esophagus. Patients with barrett's esophagus should be in an endoscopic surveillance program. ...Read more

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Possible to get esophageal cancer from bulimia if barrett esophagus also?

Possible to get esophageal cancer from bulimia if barrett esophagus also?

Yes.: If you have barrett's esophagus, you are at risk for adenocarcinoma of the esophagus. This accounts for 15% of esophageal cancers, and is usually in the distal 1/3 of the esophagus. It would be wise for you to see your doctor to closely follow this. ...Read more

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Does marijuana cause barrett's esophagus?

Does marijuana cause barrett's esophagus?

Not known yet: Marijuana does affect the intestinal tract, which includes the esophagus, stomach, and intestines. It is uncertain if marijuana worsens gastroesophageal reflux (the cause of heartburn and barrett's esophagus changes), improves ge reflux, or has no effect on reflux. Those who like marijuana say that marijuana improves reflux symptoms, but there is not good research evidence to back up their claims. ...Read more

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Does Carafate (sucralfate) help heal ulcer from non-infectious ulcer (i.E. Prior pancreatitis damage) in stomach/upper intestine for non-alcohol drinker. ?

Does Carafate (sucralfate) help heal ulcer from non-infectious ulcer (i.E. Prior pancreatitis damage) in stomach/upper intestine for non-alcohol drinker. ?

Yes: Carafate (sucralfate) heals ulcers no matter the cause. It coats the stomach where the ulcer is located and protects the stomach from the acid environment. You would be wise to add an h2 blocker such as ranitidine as well. ...Read more

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Can acid reflux cause esophageal cancer without the patient ever having barretts esophagus?

Can acid reflux cause esophageal cancer without the patient ever having barretts esophagus?

Possible but unusual: Most likely lower esophageal adenocarcinoma is caused by gerd, which changes the lining of the lower esophagus into that of the stomach (barrett's) which is a precursor for adenocarcinoma. However, one could have squamous cell type without gerd. Best to review with your gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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8 weeks of Nexium&Protonix40mg for severe esophagitis & eritemous pangastritis.Now erosive antral gastritis, no esophagitis. Causes & treatment?

8 weeks of Nexium&Protonix40mg for severe esophagitis & eritemous pangastritis.Now erosive antral gastritis, no esophagitis. Causes & treatment?

Possible Causes: Sounds like you have had a series of endoscopic studies and likely biopsy studies to rule out infection with H. Pylori, Barrett Disease, and Eosinophilic Gastritis. Consider serum Gastrin level, parietal cell antibodies and B12 level. No antiarthritic meds incl. aspirin. No Tums because of acid rebound(looks likes acid is being suppressed) Take Nexium (esomeprazole) in early morn Consider Nexium (esomeprazole)+Carafate+Pepcid ...Read more

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Can acid reflux cause esophageal cancer without ever having barretts esophagus?

Can acid reflux cause esophageal cancer without ever having barretts esophagus?

Yes and no: Acid reflux is not clearly a cause of esophageal cancer. But there is an association of reflux (acid and non-acid) to barrett's esophagus/adenocarcinoma of the esophagus. There are other types of esophageal cancers, which may or may not be related to reflux. ...Read more

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Wouldn't internal bleeding from a stomach ulcer lead to anaemia??

Wouldn't internal bleeding from a stomach ulcer lead to anaemia??

Yes it can: Hello and thank you for your excellent question. Yes, persistent bleeding from a stomach ulcer can eventually lead to anemia. I recommend that you seek evaluation from a medical professional, specifically a gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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Can untreated and severe acid reflux lead to death from a bleeding stomach ulcer??

Can untreated and severe acid reflux lead to death from a bleeding stomach ulcer??

Yes, unfortunately.: Although there are many causes for gastric (stomach) ulcers, severe acid production and reflux is one of them. (Also, severe acid reflux can cause a bleeding esophagus, or food tube, which can be fatal). Any internal bleeding can cause death, because often the bleeding is masked. If you have acid reflux, talk to a doctor about treatment options (meds, surgery) & get checked right away. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can barretts metaplasia (no dysplasia) progress directly to adenocarcinoma of esophegus within 4 months of egd scopy?

Can barretts metaplasia (no dysplasia) progress directly to adenocarcinoma of esophegus within 4 months of egd scopy?

Unlikely: Does your question signal that it did happen? Even if biopsies are negative for dysplasia, biopsies are just that, biopsies of a larger lesion. Biopsies always have the chance of having sampling error...Meaning the most severe part of the lesion was not sampled. The risk of sampling error would go up with a larger lesion than was minimally, and not systematically, biopsied. ...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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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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