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Dr. Joseph Mele
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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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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


Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Yesterday i swallowed chicken with little bone. Now i couldn't feel any symptom such as pain. Is there any specific symptom could i feel if got stucked in esophagus. I havea gastritis. Differnt sympto?

Yesterday i swallowed chicken with little bone. Now i couldn't feel any symptom such as pain. Is there any specific symptom could i feel if got stucked in esophagus. I havea gastritis. Differnt sympto?

You would know it's stuck in your throat: If it was stuck in your throat, you would have pain in your throat, and it would feel like something's not going down completely. So that's good. The gastritis may or may not be related to that. Chances are higher if the bone was small enough, and it's in your food, and passes out of your body as stool, you should have no problem. If the gastritis continues however, you need to contact your pcp, and have this examined further. ...Read more

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Dr. Adam Front
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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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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
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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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Dr. Shabbir Hossain
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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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Dr. James Isobe
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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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Dr. Richard Sanders
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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. Gurmukh Singh
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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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Dr. James Isobe
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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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Dr. Shawn Tittle
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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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Esophagus (Definition)

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