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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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Esophageal Varices (Definition)

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


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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