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Variceal bleeding upper gastrointestinal

Mohammad Minakari, Shervin Badihian, Pooyan Jalalpour, Vahid Sebghatollahi
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Upper gastrointestinal bleeding (UGIB) is a threatening condition leading to urgent hospitalization. This study aims to investigate etiology and outcome in UGIB patients in Iran. METHODS: Medical records of GIB patients admitted to Alzahra referral hospital (in Isfahan) during 2010-2015 were retrospectively reviewed for demographic data, comorbidities, history of smoking and taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), presenting symptoms, endoscopic findings, therapeutic endoscopy, blood products' infusion, surgical intervention and mortality...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Peter Witters, Dominic Hughes, Palaniswamy Karthikeyan, Somashekara Ramakrishna, Mark Davenport, Anil Dhawan, Tassos Grammatikopoulos
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Variceal haemorrhage can be a life-threatening complication of chronic liver disease in children. There is limited evidence about the optimal prophylactic management and selection criteria of children who will benefit from upper gastrointestinal endoscopy. METHODS: Children presenting in our centre with suspected portal hypertension or gastrointestinal bleeding and undergoing their first oesophagogastroduodenoscopy between 2005-2012 were included...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Ari Garber, Sunguk Jang
Non-variceal upper gastrointestinal bleeding, the most common etiology of which is peptic ulcer disease, remains a persistent challenge despite a reduction in both its incidence and mortality. Both pharmacologic and endoscopic techniques have been developed to achieve hemostasis, with varying degrees of success. Among the pharmacologic therapies, proton pump inhibitors remain the mainstay of treatment, as they reduce the risk of rebleeding and requirement for recurrent endoscopic evaluation. Tranexamic acid, a derivative of the amino acid lysine, is an antifibrinolytic agent whose role requires further investigation before application...
September 2016: Clinical Endoscopy
Václav Hejda
Cirrhosis is the end stage of progressive development of different liver diseases and is associated with significant morbidity and mortality rates. Cirrhosis is associated with a number of potential complications, in particular with development of portal hypertension. Portal hypertension with the production of ascites, hepatic and gastric varices bleeding in the upper part of the gastrointestinal tract, presents the breakpoint in the natural course of cirrhosis, and it is associated with a considerably worse prognosis of patients, with a dramatically increased risk of mortality...
2016: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
Isabel Macías
Portal hypertension is a clinical syndrome defined as a portal venous pressure that exceeds 10mmHg. Cirrhosis is the most common cause of portal hypertension and thrombosis of the splenoportal axis not associated with liver cirrhosis is the second cause of portal hypertension in the Western world. The primary myeloproliferative disorders are the main cause of portal venous thrombosis and somatic mutation of Janus Kinase 2 gene (JAK2 V617F) can be found in approximately 90% of polycythemia vera, 50% of essential thrombocyrosis and 50% primary myelofibrosis...
August 13, 2016: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Pietro Guida, Massimo Iacoviello, Andrea Passantino, Domenico Scrutinio
OBJECTIVE: To examine whether a correlation exists in hospitals among 30-day mortality rates for different types of hospitalizations. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study of hospital care based on publically available Italian data from the National Outcome Evaluation Program Edition 2015 of the Italian Agency for Regional Health Services. SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: Patients hospitalized with a diagnosis of congestive heart failure, acute myocardial infarction, chronic renal failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease exacerbation, femoral neck fracture, ischemic stroke and non-variceal upper gastrointestinal bleeding, or those who underwent isolated cardiac valve procedure, isolated coronary artery bypass graft surgery, non-ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm repair and interventions for the following tumors: colon, kidney, brain, lung, stomach, rectal, liver or pancreatic cancer...
September 21, 2016: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
Guillermo Ontanilla Clavijo, Claudio Trigo Salado, Norberto Rojas Mercedes, Juan Antonio Caballero Gómez, Adalberto Rincón Gatica, Juan Manuel Alcívar-Vasquez, José Luis Márquez Galán
BACKGROUND: Upper gastrointestinal bleeding (UGIB) is a common condition in gastroenterology, but "Downhill Varices" (DHV) or varices of the upper oesophagus are an uncommon cause of UGIB, with different aetiology from lower third oesophageal varices and different therapeutic implications. CASE REPORT: A 28-year-old male patient, with a history of chronic kidney failure secondary undergoing haemodialysis and superior vena cava syndrome (SCVS) due to multiple catheter replacements, was admitted to the Emergency Department with haematemesis secondary to a varicose vein rupture in the proximal third of oesophagus, treated initially with ethanolamine...
July 2016: Revista Española de Enfermedades Digestivas
J A González-González, G Vázquez-Elizondo, R Monreal-Robles, D García-Compean, O D Borjas-Almaguer, B Hernández-Velázquez, H J Maldonado-Garza
INTRODUCTION AND AIM: The role of serum albumin level in patients with non-variceal upper gastrointestinal bleeding (NVUGB) has not been extensively studied. Our aim was to evaluate the role of serum albumin on admission in terms of in-hospital mortality in patients with NVUGB. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients admitted with NVUGB during a 4-year period were prospectively included. Demographic, clinical, and laboratory data were collected. ROC curve analysis was used to determine the cutoff value for serum albumin on admission that made a distinction between deceased patients and survivors with respect to serum albumin on admission, as well as its overall performance compared with the Rockall score...
August 25, 2016: Revista de Gastroenterología de México
Jae Min Lee, Eun Sun Kim, Hoon Jai Chun, Young-Jae Hwang, Jae Hyung Lee, Seung Hun Kang, In Kyung Yoo, Seung Han Kim, Hyuk Soon Choi, Bora Keum, Yeon Seok Seo, Yoon Tae Jeen, Hong Sik Lee, Soon Ho Um, Chang Duck Kim
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS: Many patients with acute gastrointestinal bleeding present with anemia and frequently require red blood cell (RBC) transfusion. A restrictive transfusion strategy and a low hemoglobin (Hb) threshold for transfusion had been shown to produce acceptable outcomes in patients with acute upper gastrointestinal bleeding. However, most patients are discharged with mild anemia owing to the restricted volume of packed RBCs (pRBCs). We investigated whether discharge Hb influences the outcome in patients with acute nonvariceal upper gastrointestinal bleeding...
August 2016: Endoscopy International Open
Júlio Rocha Pimenta, Alexandre Rodrigues Ferreira, Eleonora Druve Tavares Fagundes, Thaís Costa Nascentes Queiroz, Regiane Aparecida Nascimento Baptista, Eduardo Guimarães de Araújo Moreira, Camilo Brandão de Resende, Paulo Fernando Souto Bittencourt, Simone Diniz Carvalho, José Andrade Franco Neto, Francisco José Penna
OBJECTIVE: Bleeding of esophageal varices is the main cause of morbidity and mortality in children with portal hypertension. It is important to understand the factors related with a bleeding episode to evaluate more effective primary prophylaxis. This study aims to describe the endoscopic and laboratory findings associated with upper gastrointestinal bleeding (UGIB) secondary to esophageal varices. METHOD: A cross-sectional study with 103 children and adolescents with cirrhosis, divided into a group that had experienced an episode of upper UGIB (35 patients) and a group without a history of UGIB (68 patients), was carried out...
August 4, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Celina Maria Costa Lacet, João Batista Neto, Laercio Tenório Ribeiro, Francisco Silva Oliveira, Rozangela Fernandes Wyszomirska, Edna Strauss
UNLABELLED:  Background. Upper gastrointestinal bleeding is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in patients with portal hypertension secondary to schistosomiasis mansoni. AIM: To evaluate the efficacy of combined surgery and sclerotherapy versus endoscopic treatment alone in the prophylaxis of esophageal variceal rebleeding due to portal hypertension in schistosomiasis. MATERIAL AND METHODS: During a two-years period consecutive patients with schistosomiasis and a recent bleeding history were evaluated for prospective randomization...
September 2016: Annals of Hepatology
Saadia Sasha Ali, Samuel N Sanmuganathan
The authors present the rare case of a 17-year-old girl referred to the medical assessment unit following a large upper gastrointestinal haemorrhage. On further evaluation, she was found to have a primary hepatocellular carcinoma with extensive metastases. In our patient, the tumour was deemed incurable by resection, liver transplantation or percutaneous treatment. She underwent palliative chemotherapy and passed away 11 months following presentation.
2015: SAGE Open Med Case Rep
Chaowapong Jarasvaraparn, Pornthep Tanpowpong, Chatmanee Lertudomphonwanit, Suporn Treepongkaruna
BACKGROUND: Gastrointestinal bleeding (GIB) is one of the potential causes of increased morbidity and mortality in immunocompromised patients, but data on characteristics of GIB in immunocompromised children are sparse. OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to identify the etiology, endoscopic, and histologic findings of GIB in immunocompromised children. DESIGN: This was a retrospective descriptive study. PATIENTS: We identified 33 patients (aged<20 years) and 45 GIB episodes related to GIB between January 2007 and April 2015 from a tertiary care and teaching hospital...
November 2016: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Liam Zakko, Tarun Rustagi, Maura Douglas, Loren Laine
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Antiplatelet agents decrease cardiovascular events but increase gastrointestinal bleeding (GIB). Guidelines propose platelet transfusion for patients who take antiplatelet agents and have serious GIB. We investigated whether such patients are at decreased risk for rebleeding or increased risk for cardiovascular events after platelet transfusion. METHODS: We performed a retrospective cohort study of patients with GIB admitted to Yale-New Haven Hospital from 2008 to 2013 who were taking antiplatelet agents and had platelet counts higher than 100 × 10(9)/L...
July 25, 2016: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Karina M Souk, Hani M Tamim, Hussein A Abu Daya, Don C Rockey, Kassem A Barada
AIM: To compare outcomes of patients with non-variceal upper gastrointestinal bleeding (NVUGIB) taking aspirin for primary prophylaxis to those not taking it. METHODS: Patients not known to have any vascular disease (coronary artery or cerebrovascular disease) who were admitted to the American University of Beirut Medical Center between 1993 and 2010 with NVUGIB were included. The frequencies of in-hospital mortality, re-bleeding, severe bleeding, need for surgery or embolization, and of a composite outcome defined as the occurrence of any of the 4 bleeding related adverse outcomes were compared between patients receiving aspirin and those on no antithrombotics...
July 27, 2016: World Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
Enzo Grossi, Riccardo Marmo, Marco Intraligi, Massimo Buscema
BACKGROUND: Mortality for non variceal upper gastrointestinal bleeding (UGIB) is clinically relevant in the first 12-24 hours of the onset of haemorrhage and therefore identification of clinical factors predictive of the risk of death before endoscopic examination may allow for early corrective therapeutic intervention. AIM: 1) Identify simple and early clinical variables predictive of the risk of death in patients with non variceal UGIB; 2) assess previsional gain of a predictive model developed with conventional statistics vs...
2008: Biomedical Informatics Insights
Go Anegawa, Kenji Sumi, Atsushi Miyoshi, Kenji Kitahara, Seiji Satou
BACKGROUND: Duodenal varices are a low-frequency cause of gastrointestinal bleeding; however, greater than 40 % mortality has been reported after the initial bleeding episode. CASE PRESENTATION: This report describes a 72-year-old woman with bleeding duodenal varices treated by surgery after failure of balloon-occluded retrograde transvenous obliteration (B-RTO). The patient presented with profuse melena. Emergent upper endoscopy was immediately performed, and bleeding duodenal varices in the second portion of the duodenum were seen...
December 2016: Surgical Case Reports
Massimo Iavarone, Massimo Primignani, Sara Vavassori, Angelo Sangiovanni, Vincenzo La Mura, Raffaella Romeo, Massimo Colombo
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Sorafenib is the standard of care for patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), yet treatment safety may be challenged by portal hypertension. We therefore assessed the prevalence, risk factors and clinical consequences of esophageal varices (EVs) in sorafenib-treated patients with HCC. METHODS: Starting in 2008, all compensated patients with advanced or intermediate HCC not eligible for other therapies were consecutively enrolled in a prospective evaluation of sorafenib therapy, all with pretreatment by upper-gastrointestinal endoscopy (UGE)...
June 2016: United European Gastroenterology Journal
Ivan Budimir, Marina Gradišer, Marko Nikolić, Neven Baršić, Neven Ljubičić, Dominik Kralj, Ivan Budimir
OBJECTIVE: To compare the performance of the Glasgow Blatchford score (GBS), pre-endoscopic Rockall score (PRS) and AIMS65 score in predicting specific clinical endpoints following variceal upper gastrointestinal hemorrhage (UGIH). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Between January 2008 and December 2013, we retrospectively analyzed 225 consecutive hospitalized patients managed for endoscopically confirmed UGIH. RESULTS: A total of 225 patients (mean age 61...
November 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology
Takahiro Sato, Katsu Yamazaki, Jouji Toyota, Yoshiyasu Karino, Takumi Ohmura, Jun Akaike, Yasuaki Kuwata, Toshihiro Suga
We treated a 74-year-old woman who complained of tarry stool. Neither endoscopic examination of the upper gastrointestinal tract nor colonoscopy revealed any finding indicative of bleeding, and (99m)Tc-HSA-D pool scintigraphic imaging showed no accumulation of blood in the digestive tract. Small tortuous collateral veins were observed on computed tomography (CT) in the distal third portion of the duodenum. Color Doppler ultrasonography obtained color flow images of varices in the distal third portion of the duodenum indicating turbulent flow, and color flow imaging showed the outflow vessel from duodenal varices...
March 2007: Journal of Medical Ultrasonics
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