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Variceal hemorrhage

Zensho Ito, Mikio Kajihara, Yasunobu Kobayashi, Tomoya Kanai, Yoshihiro Matsumoto, Kazuki Takakura, Toyokazu Yukawa, Toshifumi Ohkusa, Seita Koyama, Hiroo Imazu, Hiroshi Arakawa, Mitsuru Ohata, Shigeo Koido
Primary hepatic angiosarcoma is a very rare malignancy with a poor prognosis. Because patients present with no specific symptoms, the cancer can grow undetected and most cases are diagnosed too late for resection. We present the case of a 78-year-old Japanese man admitted to our hospital with massive hematemesis and melena. A total gastrectomy had previously been performed on the patient to treat gastric cancer. Endoscopic injection sclerotherapy was performed to control the bleeding from varices over the anastomosis...
May 2016: Case Reports in Gastroenterology
Pradeep R Atla, Muhammad Y Sheikh, Firdose Gill, Rabindra Kundu, Jayanta Choudhury
BACKGROUND: Hospital re-admissions in decompensated cirrhosis are associated with worse patient outcomes. Hispanics have a disproportionately high prevalence of hepatitis C virus (HCV)-related morbidity and mortality. The goal of this study was to evaluate the factors affecting re-admission rates among Hispanics with HCV-related cirrhosis. METHODS: A total of 292 consecutive HCV-related cirrhosis admissions (Hispanics 189, non-Hispanics 103) from January 2009 to December 2012 were retrospectively reviewed; 132 were cirrhosis-related re-admissions...
October 2016: Annals of Gastroenterology: Quarterly Publication of the Hellenic Society of Gastroenterology
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
Júlio Rocha Pimenta, Alexandre Rodrigues Ferreira, Paulo Fernando Souto Bittencourt, Camilo Brandão de Resende, Eleonora Druve Tavares Fagundes, Isabela Maria Lopes da Silva
Background: The efficacy of nonselective β-blocker and endoscopic procedures, such as endoscopic variceal ligation, as primary prophylaxis of variceal hemorrhage in cirrhotic adults was demonstrated by numerous controlled trials, but in pediatric population, few are the number of studies. Objective: The objective of this study is to evaluate the primary prophylaxis with β-blocker in cirrhotic children and adolescents with portal hypertension. Methods: This is a cohort study encompassing 26 cirrhotic patients...
October 2016: Arquivos de Gastroenterologia
Sofía Verdaguer D, Juan Cristóbal Gana A
BACKGROUND: There is a paucity of good quality research about the diagnosis of esophageal varices and the prophylaxis and treatment of variceal bleeding in pediatric patients with portal hypertension There is little consensus and practically no evidence-based approach about the management of these patients. AIM: To describe the behavior and preferences of pediatric gastroenterologists in Chile in the management of portal hypertension in children. MATERIAL AND METHODS: An online survey was sent to Chilean pediatric gastroenterologists, with questions evaluating the physicians’ approaches to screening of esophageal varices in children with portal hypertension, and their preferred methods of prophylaxis and initial management of variceal bleeding...
July 2016: Revista Médica de Chile
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
Thomas S Maldonado, Sheila N Blumberg, Sharvil U Sheth, Gabriel Perreault, Mikel Sadek, Todd Berland, Mark A Adelman, Caron B Rockman
BACKGROUND: Mesenteric venous thrombosis (MVT) is a relatively uncommon but potentially lethal condition associated with bowel ischemia and infarction. The natural history and long-term outcomes are poorly understood and under-reported. METHODS: A single-institution retrospective review of noncirrhotic patients diagnosed with MVT from 1999 to 2015 was performed using International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision and radiology codes. Patients were excluded if no radiographic imaging was available for review...
October 2016: Journal of Vascular Surgery. Venous and Lymphatic Disorders
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
Xuan Zhang, Xiaoli Liu, Meifang Yang, Huihui Dong, Lichen Xv, Lanjuan Li
BACKGROUND: Endoscopic variceal ligation (EVL) is the endoscopic treatment of acute esophageal variceal hemorrhage, however, prophylaxis antibiotic during EVL is controversial. METHODS: We reported a 60-year-old man with diabetes, liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma who received EVL for esophageal variceal haemorrhage. RESULTS: On the second day after EVL, the patient developed fever and chills. A week after EVL, the blood cultures were viridans streptococcus positive, and echocardiogram showed a vegetation on the cardiac valve...
August 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Dou-Sheng Bai, Jian-Jun Qian, Ping Chen, Bing-Lan Xia, Sheng-Jie Jin, Si-Qin Zuo, Guo-Qing Jiang
INTRODUCTION: Laparoscopic splenectomy and azygoportal disconnection (LSD) has been reported to be safe, feasible, and minimally invasive for cirrhotic patients with portal hypertension. There is still controversy as to whether it is necessary to perform synchronous splenectomy for patients with moderate hypersplenism who undergo azygoportal disconnection for esophagogastric variceal hemorrhage (EGVB). METHODS: We retrospectively evaluated the outcomes in 51 cirrhotic patients with EGVB and moderate hypersplenism (PLT ≥50 × 10(9)/L) who underwent LSD (n = 28) or laparoscopic azygoportal disconnection (LD) (n = 23) between January 2014 and October 2015...
August 25, 2016: International Journal of Surgery
Cintia Zimmermann Meireles, Marcos Pasarin, Juan Jose Lozano, Héctor García-Calderó, Jordi Gracia-Sancho, Juan Carlos García-Pagán, Jaime Bosch, Juan G Abraldes
Liver function deterioration is a major cause of death in variceal bleeding. The effects of bleeding on intrahepatic microvascular dysfunction, which contributes to liver injury in cirrhosis, are largely unknown. The aims of this study were to evaluate the impact of hemorrhage/resuscitation (H/R) on cirrhotic microcirculation, and whether simvastatin, a drug that improves liver microcirculation, has hepatoprotective effects. The study was performed in three groups of rats: controls, rats with biliary cirrhosis (CBDL) and CBDL rats pre-treated with 3 doses (5 mg*Kg-1*day-1) of simvastatin...
August 24, 2016: Shock
Erin Renae Weeda, Brandon Scott Nicoll, Craig Ian Coleman, Anna Sharovetskaya, William Leslie Baker
Higher in-hospital mortality for weekend vs. weekday admissions has been described. We performed a retrospective study and accompanying meta-analysis to examine the association between weekend admission for upper gastrointestinal hemorrhage (UGIH) and in-hospital mortality. We identified adult admissions to United States (US) hospitals for acute variceal and nonvariceal UGIH between 1/2010 and 12/2012 from the National Inpatient Sample (NIS). We used multivariable logistic regression to compare the odds of in-hospital mortality (adjusting for hospital- and patient-level factors) for weekend vs...
August 17, 2016: Internal and Emergency Medicine
Xiao-Qing Zeng, Li-Li Ma, Yu-Jen Tzeng, Jie Chen, Chun-Xiao Cui, Tian-Cheng Luo, Jian Wang, Shi-Yao Chen
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Current guidelines recommend injection of cyanoacrylate as first-line therapy to prevent gastric variceal rebleeding. The method still poses a risk of ectopic embolism, which possibly correlate with volume of cyanoacrylate used. In this trial, we evaluated the short-term efficacy and safety of tissue adhesive injection combined with lauromacrogol for treat gastric varices. METHODS: Patients admitted to our hospital for variceal hemorrhage were enrolled and blindly randomized into two treatment groups were: lauromacrogol group (lauromacrogol-cyanoacrylate-lauromacrogol) and lipiodol group (lipiodol-cyanoacrylate-lipiodol)...
July 20, 2016: Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Sanath Allampati, Kevin D Mullen
The key to management of alcoholic liver disease (ALD) is early recognition by the patient and physician. Excessive alcohol consumption, ranging from drinking more than recommended amounts to abuse, is one of the most preventable causes of death and disability. The US Preventive Services Task Force guidelines recommend screening for alcoholism in the primary care setting. Abstinence is the cornerstone of therapy and it decreases mortality and morbidity significantly. Alcoholic cirrhosis can cause varices that need to be followed closely with upper endoscopy to prevent or treat hemorrhage...
August 2016: Clinics in Liver Disease
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
Jody C Olson, Kia Saeian
Gastrointestinal (GI) complications of cirrhosis are frequent in patients who require intensive care support and are often the primary indication for intensive care unit (ICU) admission. Perhaps the most worrisome GI complication for the intensivist is variceal hemorrhage. Bleeding from esophageal or gastric varices represents a life-threatening event for cirrhotic patients and provides management challenges for the ICU team. Nonvariceal GI bleeding, impaired GI motility, and malnutrition also provide significant challenges for the intensivist...
July 2016: Critical Care Clinics
Andrew M Moon, Jason A Dominitz, George N Ioannou, Elliott Lowy, Lauren A Beste
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Prophylactic antibiotics are recommended for all patients with cirrhosis hospitalized for upper gastrointestinal bleeding (UGIB). We evaluated the association between use of antibiotics, outcomes of re-admissions, and mortality in these patients. METHODS: We performed a retrospective study of 6451 patients with cirrhosis (mean age, 60.6 y) in the Veterans Affairs health care system hospitalized for UGIB from January 1, 2005, through December 31, 2013 (8655 hospitalizations)...
June 14, 2016: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Qiong Wu, Hua Jiang, Enqiang Linghu, Lanjing Zhang, Weifeng Wang, Jie Zhang, Zhandi He, Juan Wang, Yunsheng Yang, Guohui Sun, Gang Sun
AIMS: We evaluated the feasibility, efficacy and safety of a novel technique of balloon-occluded retrograde transvenous obliteration (BRTO) assisted endoscopic Histoacryl (N-buthyl-2-cyanoacrylate) injection. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A total with 11 patients were enrolled and analyzed in this single center, open-label, prospective study. Patients with high-risk gastric varices (defined as fundal varices, large GV (>5 mm), presence of a red spot, and Child-Pugh score C) and concurrent gastrorenal shunt underwent endoscopic Histoacryl injection while the gastrorenal shunt was temporarily occluded with an occlusion balloon...
June 16, 2016: Minimally Invasive Therapy & Allied Technologies: MITAT
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