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Why are varices prone to bleeding?

Why are varices prone to bleeding?

Pressure: Varices develop because of varicose vein walls aren't as elastic as normal vein walls and because their is too much pressure in the veins (this is called venous hypertension). The pressure develops because valves in the veins (which normally keep venous blood flosing in the right direction) have broken. Pressure causes the veins to enlarge. As they enlarge, the already weak vein walls stretch and. ...Read more

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I had an emergency panendoscopy in june to band bleeding varices, and 2 subsequent procedures after that. I'm to have #4 panendoscopy in october. On the average, how long does it take to completely band the varices. Is the first bleed a sign that evalua

I had an emergency panendoscopy in june to band bleeding varices, and 2 subsequent procedures after that.  I'm to have #4 panendoscopy in october. On the average, how long does it take to completely band the varices.  Is the first bleed a sign that evalua

Varices: Varices is a common complication of cirrhosis. Once bleeding occurs varies must be banded. It is usually takes 2-3 session to completely obliterate varices. Also it depends on portal (liver) pressure. One must also be started on medication(nadolol or propranolol) to decrease that pressure and prevent rebleeding. Sometimes one need to be evaluated for tips procedure to decrease portal pressure. ...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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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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Mom fell caused brain bleed 2+ months ago. Now has DVT distal peroneal. Treatment options? Blood thinners cause more brain bleeding? Mom is 79 yrs

Mom fell caused brain bleed 2+ months ago. Now has DVT distal peroneal. Treatment options? Blood thinners cause more brain bleeding? Mom is 79 yrs

IVC filter? I don't: know if ur mom is prone to falling & brain bleeds; if so, anticoagulants (blood thinners) r not a good idea - it increases the risk of a fatal brain bleed shd she fall again in the future. A better option may be an IVC filter (Greenfield filter) which will trap DVTs & keep it from getting to the lungs; however it tends to cause swelling in the legs (side effect may be wrse than cure). TTYD 4 advic ...Read more

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Are some people more prone to getting bleeding in brain?

Are some people more prone to getting bleeding in brain?

Yes: Risk factors include structural brain abnormalities such as aneurism, arteriovenous malformations, and tumor, high blood pressure and blood clotting abnormalities. ...Read more

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For 1 year my left nostril hasn't been normal. Very easily prone to bleeding if I blow my nose. I can see a golden color patch deep inside. Cancer?

For 1 year my left nostril hasn't been normal.  Very easily prone to bleeding if I blow my nose.  I can see a golden color patch deep inside.  Cancer?

Unlikely : Possibly a polyp (a tissue outgrowth) , common, and can cause your symptoms , kindly see an ENT specialist for evaluation, good luck ...Read more

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I woke up with severe facial pain. MD said atrial fib in my sleep. Given Metoprolol but the pain is still severe. I am prone to bleeding. What can I?

I woke up with severe facial pain. MD said  atrial fib in my sleep. Given Metoprolol but the pain is still severe. I am prone to bleeding. What can I?

Miscommunication : Atrial fib, while a potentially serious issue if left untreated, should not cause pain. I think there was a miscommunication between you and your doctor regarding the cause of your facial pain. Neuralgia can result from many things, but not atrial fib. ...Read more

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What can result from having esophical varices?

What can result from having esophical varices?

Severe bleeding: Esophageal varices can rupture resulting in severe bleeding into the gastrointestinal tract. These patients present with vomiting of blood, black tarry stools and often low blood pressure. ...Read more

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Ihv varices and bored of scelerotherapy .are there new techniques valid for me i feel like 70 years old madam?

Ihv varices and bored of scelerotherapy .are there new techniques valid for me i feel like 70  years old madam?

See Vein Specialist: There are many treatments for varicose veins including Laser closure, Radiofrequency closure, Clarivein and as of 9-14, Varithena. The basic principle is that the leaking (refluxing) valves need to be closed. You should see a vein specialist for a full venous evaluation including a venous duplex reflux examination. ...Read more

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How serious are esophegeal varices stage 2?

How serious are esophegeal varices stage 2?

Really serious: 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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So how can varices be treated?

So how can varices be treated?

Leg varicose veins?: Treatment of typical leg varicose veins includes several possible modalities, including ablation or closure of veins with insufficient valves using laser or radiofrequency energy, phlebectomy (generally tiny incisions to remove varicose veins), or sclerotherapy (injection of a chemcial to close the varicose vein), or a combination of the above. Compression stockings can give symptomatic relief. ...Read more

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What are the potential long term complications or problems that could happen with untreated vulvular varices.

What are the potential long term complications or problems that could happen with untreated vulvular  varices.

Pain or Bleeding: Most vulvar varices are a mild irritation and cosmetic concern. Vulvar varices are most common during pregnancy and tend to go away on their own. Sometimes they are associated with problems in the pelvic veins, so the most important thing is to be sure it is not a sign of a bigger issue with your veins. Problems that arise from untreated vulvar varices can be pain bleeding and skin irritation. ...Read more

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How can someone with varices get rid of it?

How can someone with varices get rid of it?

Varices: need to determine cause, which can be evaluated by venous doppler sonogram.if there is a valve issue then thermal ablation will most likely be indicated, if not the perhaps sclerotherapy. ...Read more

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How much risk is surgery to remove testicular varices?

How much risk is surgery to remove testicular varices?

Very safe: I assume you are having an interventional radiology procedure to embolization the veins with a small coil. This is very safe and time tested. ...Read more

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Is portal hypertension the only way a person can get esoph varices?

Fundamentally, yes: Hi. Good question, and there could be rare alternative explanations, but from a basic standpoint, yes, portal HTN is the cause of esophageal varices. ...Read more

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I have varices all over my leg. This problem is heriditary in my family. What's the best solution?

I have varices all over my leg. This problem is heriditary in my family. What's the best solution?

See vein specialist: I would recommend you see a vein specialist/phlebologist. He/she can evaluate your situation and give you recommendations as to how to treat your varicose veins. Fortunately, treatment of varicose veins is quite successful and there are a number of options. ...Read more

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How do you prevent leg varices?

How do you prevent leg varices?

Choose different ...: Grandparents. Unfortunately, your only real way to prevent varices is to change your heredity. At least 80% of the reason why people get varicose veins in because they inherit the tendency. So if your parents have varicose veins, you are pretty well stuck. Wearing compression stockings, avoiding prolonged standing, and exercise helps, but if you have varices, treat them. ...Read more