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variceal gastrointestinal bleeding

Ahmed Kamel Abdel-Aal, Nabila Dawoud, Amr Soliman Moustafa, Maysoon F Hamed, Souheil Saddekni
We report a case of 59-year-old female with non-alcoholic-steato-hepatitis (NASH) induced cirrhosis, who presented with hematochezia. The patient had a history of bleeding esophageal varices treated with endoscopic variceal ligation (EVL). Colonoscopy showed large rectal varices which were the source of her lower gastrointestinal bleeding (LGIB). Since endoscopic treatment for LGIB are limited, and because the patient had portal vein thrombosis which contraindicated transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS), we performed percutaneous transhepatic embolization of her rectal varices using a new mixture of embolic and sclerotic agents, followed by Amplatzer plug 2 (AVP 2)...
September 2016: Journal of Radiology Case Reports
Silvia De-la-Iglesia, Hugo Luzardo, Angelina Lemes, Melissa Torres, Maria Teresa Gómez-Casares, Naylen Cruz, Teresa Molero
Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) is associated with severe end-organ damage and a high risk of thrombosis. Budd-Chiari syndrome, which develops after thrombotic occlusion of major hepatic blood vessels, is relatively common in PNH and has been associated with increased mortality. We report the case of a 46-year-old male with PNH who presented with Budd-Chiari syndrome associated with portal cavernoma, portal hypertension and hypersplenism. In September 2010, the patient suffered gastrointestinal bleeding, hematuria, and elevated plasma lactate dehydrogenase; he started eculizumab therapy with a good response...
September 28, 2016: Hematology Reports
Takaki Emura, Kenji Hosoda, Shota Harai, Noboru Oyachi, Takeyuki Suzuki, Ken Takada, Koji Kobayashi, Hisatake Ikeda
BACKGROUND: Massive gastrointestinal bleeding in children, mostly caused by esophageal varices secondary to chronic liver disease, is uncommon. Dieulafoy lesion in the gastrointestinal tract is a rare but important cause of gastrointestinal bleeding; massive bleeding from this lesion can be fatal unless adequate treatment is promptly initiated. We report a case of gastric Dieulafoy lesion in a 2-year old successfully treated with endoscopic hemoclipping. CASE PRESENTATION: A 2-year-old Japanese boy was admitted to our department with sudden massive hematemesis...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Medical Case Reports
Matthias Buechter, Alisan Kahraman, Paul Manka, Guido Gerken, Christoph Jochum, Ali Canbay, Alexander Dechêne
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Portal hypertension (PH) is a common complication of chronic liver disease and results in esophageal and gastric variceal bleeding, which is associated with a high mortality rate. Measurement of the hepatic venous pressure gradient (HVPG) is considered the gold standard for diagnosing PH and estimating the risk of varices and bleeding. In contrast, upper gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy (UGE) can reliably demonstrate the presence of varices and bleeding. Both measures are invasive, and HVPG is mainly restricted to tertiary centers...
October 19, 2016: Digestion
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
Miguel Motola-Kuba, Angélica Escobedo-Arzate, Félix Tellez-Avila, José Altamirano, Nancy Aguilar-Olivos, Alberto González-Angulo, Felipe Zamarripa-Dorsey, Misael Uribe, Norberto C Tapia
:  Background. The Rockall, Glasgow-Blatchford, and AIMS65 are useful and validated scoring systems for predicting the outcomes of patients with nonvariceal gastrointestinal bleeding. However, there are no validated evidence for using them to predict outcomes on variceal bleeding. The aim of this study was to evaluate and compare the prognostic accuracy of different nonvariceal bleeding scores with other liver-specific scoring systems in cirrhotic patients. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A retrospective multicenter study that included 160 cirrhotic patients with acute variceal bleeding...
November 2016: Annals of Hepatology
K K Rawal
Ectopic varices are an unusual cause of gastrointestinal bleeding accounting for upto 5% of all variceal bleeds. Colorectal variceal bleeding is even rare. As the bleed is massive and has a poor prognosis, one must be aware of this condition in a patient of portal hypertension with life-threatening lower gastrointestinal bleeding. Two cases of colorectal variceal bleeding in cirrhotic patients treated successfully by endoscopic therapy are reported here.
June 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
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
T Stuber, B Schmitz, H J Brambs
Introduction: Portal hypertension may lead to severe esophageal or rectal variceal bleeding. Case report: We present a case of a 67-year-old patient presenting with recurrent rectal variceal bleeding who was non-responsive to endoscopic treatment. We are reporting on an interventional therapeutic approach found in interdisciplinary consensus. Discussion: Endoscopy, surgery or TIPS (transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt) can be performed in patients with gastrointestinal bleeding due to portal hypertension in liver cirrhosis...
October 5, 2016: Zeitschrift Für Gastroenterologie
M Buechter, J M Theysohn, A Kahraman, P Manka, G Gerken, A Canbay, A Dechêne
Background: Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) is considered the gold standard for treatment of gastrointestinal variceal bleeding refractory to endoscopic therapy in patients with portal hypertension. Clinically relevant hemorrhage from rectal varices is less frequent than from other sources, and the therapeutic role of TIPS is still ambiguous. Case report: A 57-year-old female patient was referred to us in December 2015 with severe signs of decompensated alcohol-induced liver cirrhosis. During hospitalization, she presented with recurrent hematochezia from rectal varices following electrosurgical snare removal of a rectal adenoma...
October 5, 2016: Zeitschrift Für Gastroenterologie
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
Renata P Colaneri, Fabrício F Coelho, Roberto de Cleva, Paulo Herman
AIM: To propose a laparoscopic treatment for schistosomal portal hypertension. METHODS: Ten patients with schistosomiasis and portal hypertension, with previous gastrointestinal hemorrhage from esophageal varices rupture, were evaluated. Patients were subjected to a laparoscopic procedure, with ligature of splenic artery and left gastric vein. Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy was performed on the 30th postoperative day, when esophageal varices diameter was measured and band ligature performed...
September 22, 2016: Surgical Laparoscopy, Endoscopy & Percutaneous Techniques
Guoyong Chen, Sidong Wei, Zhongwu Zou, Jianjun Sun, Gaofeng Tang, Jianbin Chen, Shaotang Zhou
BACKGROUND: Liver transplantation (LT) accompanied by jejunectomy to treat patients with acute or chronic hepatic cirrhosis with thrombosis in the portal system is extremely rare. CASE PRESENTATION: A 47-year-old man presented with hematemesis and melena, and a diagnosis of decompensated cirrhosis, chronic portal vein thrombosis (PVT) and secondary gastro-esophageal variceal hemorrhage was made. Coagulants were administered, but portal vein thrombi occurred rapidly, and gastrointestinal bleeding recurred shortly thereafter...
2016: BMC Surgery
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
Manon C W Spaander, Todd H Baron, Peter D Siersema, Lorenzo Fuccio, Brigitte Schumacher, Àngels Escorsell, Juan-Carlos Garcia-Pagán, Jean-Marc Dumonceau, Massimo Conio, Antonella de Ceglie, Janusz Skowronek, Marianne Nordsmark, Thomas Seufferlein, André Van Gossum, Cesare Hassan, Alessandro Repici, Marco J Bruno
This Guideline is an official statement of the European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ESGE), endorsed by the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO), the European Society of Digestive Endoscopy (ESDO), and the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN). The Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development, and Evaluation (GRADE) system was adopted to define the strength of recommendations and the quality of evidence. Main recommendations for malignant disease 1 ESGE recommends placement of partially or fully covered self-expandable metal stents (SEMSs) for palliative treatment of malignant dysphagia over laser therapy, photodynamic therapy, and esophageal bypass (strong recommendation, high quality evidence)...
October 2016: Endoscopy
Andrea Iannone, Mariabeatrice Principi, Michele Barone, Giuseppe Losurdo, Enzo Ierardi, Alfredo Di Leo
Gastrointestinal vascular malformations are responsible for 2-8% of all cases of bleeding and 30-40% of all obscure hemorrhages, being the most frequent cause of occult bleeding in older people. The aim of this review was to provide an up-to-date report about the use of octreotide in bleeding from both hereditary and acquired vascular malformations of the gastrointestinal tract. A systematic literature search was performed, using the keywords "gastrointestinal vascular malformation", "octreotide", "angiodysplasia", "portal hypertensive gastropathy", "gastric antral vascular ectasia", and "hereditary vascular malformations"...
September 2016: Clinics and Research in Hepatology and Gastroenterology
G A Watson, A Abu-Shanab, R L O'Donohoe, M Iqbal
Portal hypertension and liver cirrhosis may predispose patients to varices, which have a propensity to bleed and cause significant morbidity and mortality. These varices are most commonly located in the gastroesophageal area; however, rarely ectopic varices may develop in unusual locations outside of this region. Haemorrhage from these sites can be massive and difficult to control; thus early detection and management may be lifesaving. We present a case of occult gastrointestinal bleeding in a patient with underlying alcoholic liver disease where an ectopic varix was ultimately detected with push enteroscopy...
2016: Case Reports in Hepatology
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
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