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What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for esophageal varices?
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Dr. Michael DePietro
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
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Esophageal varices are dilated veins that form when the liver is damaged.
When the liver is scarred blood flow "backs up" into nereby veins like those in the esophagus, they can then bleed. Therapy is aimed at lowering the bleeding risk. Medicines which lower the pressure in the veins ( beta blockers, nitrates) can help. So can procedures that divert blood flow from the liver ( "tips".

In brief: Variety of things
Esophageal varices are dilated veins that form when the liver is damaged.
When the liver is scarred blood flow "backs up" into nereby veins like those in the esophagus, they can then bleed. Therapy is aimed at lowering the bleeding risk. Medicines which lower the pressure in the veins ( beta blockers, nitrates) can help. So can procedures that divert blood flow from the liver ( "tips".
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Dr. Michael DePietro
TIPS is a kind of procedure that creates a "shunt" or alternative pathway for blood to flow through the liver and lowers the pressure, it can be done using catheters under an XRAY machine by skilled radiologists.
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