A Balancing View: Should Cirrhotic Patients With Small Esophageal Varices Undergo Primary Bleeding Prophylaxis?

Carey, William
September 2009
American Journal of Gastroenterology;Sep2009, Vol. 104 Issue 9, p2136
Academic Journal
The article presents a study which examines the risk of primary bleeding prophylaxis to patients suffering from liver cirrhosis manifesting small esophageal varices. The study utilized the Child-Pugh score in measuring the extent of liver disease. It also identified that beta blocker therapy, esophageal band ligation, and transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) help in reducing first variceal hemorrhage.


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