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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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How do people develop esophageal varices?

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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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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Do a lot of people get esophageal varices?

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 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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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 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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Are esophageal varices fully curable?

No: The varices are another route of blood return to your heart due to liver scarring or blockage of the blood that should enter the liver from the GI tract. There is no good way to correct that save for liver transplantation. The problem with varices is bleeding and there are procedures done to deal with the bleeding and to minimize the risk. ...Read more

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What are the differences between gastric varices and esophageal varices?

Location Location ..: Gastric Varices are caused by portal hypertension { increased pressure in the circulation from the Gastrointestinal[ GI] tract to liver . This is the same process that causes Esophageal Varices . The only difference is the stomach [ Gastric] part of the GI tract is farther down the line. ...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?

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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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 a teenager get esophageal varices?

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 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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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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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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How much time will it take for esophageal varices to regrow after initial band ligation ?

Difficult to say: Banding of esophageal varices is a non-surgical treatment for these potentially lethal bleeding sites...Depending on the underlying disease, banding may completely solve this problem but recurrances of the varices is almost always due to underlying portal hypertension usually due to liver disease. ...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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