Sample records for acute esophageal variceal

  1. Prediction of esophageal varices and variceal hemorrhage in patients with acute upper gastrointestinal bleeding.

    Rockey, Don C; Elliott, Alan; Lyles, Thomas


    In patients with upper gastrointestinal bleeding (UGIB), identifying those with esophageal variceal hemorrhage prior to endoscopy would be clinically useful. This retrospective study of a large cohort of patients with UGIB used logistic regression analyses to evaluate the platelet count, aspartate aminotransferase (AST) to platelet ratio index (APRI), AST to alanine aminotransferase (ALT) ratio (AAR) and Lok index (all non-invasive blood markers) as predictors of variceal bleeding in (1) all patients with UGIB and (2) patients with cirrhosis and UGIB. 2233 patients admitted for UGIB were identified; 1034 patients had cirrhosis (46%) and of these, 555 patients (54%) had acute UGIB due to esophageal varices. In all patients with UGIB, the platelet count (cut-off 122,000/mm(3)), APRI (cut-off 5.1), AAR (cut-off 2.8) and Lok index (cut-off 0.9) had area under the curve (AUC)s of 0.80 0.82, 0.64, and 0.80, respectively, for predicting the presence of varices prior to endoscopy. To predict varices as the culprit of bleeding, the platelet count (cut-off 69,000), APRI (cut-off 2.6), AAR (cut-off 2.5) and Lok Index (0.90) had AUCs of 0.76, 0.77, 0.57 and 0.73, respectively. Finally, in patients with cirrhosis and UGIB, logistic regression was unable to identify optimal cut-off values useful for predicting varices as the culprit bleeding lesion for any of the non-invasive markers studied. For all patients with UGIB, non-invasive markers appear to differentiate patients with varices from those without varices and to identify those with a variceal culprit lesion. However, these markers could not distinguish between a variceal culprit and other lesions in patients with cirrhosis.

  2. Comparison of emergency endoscopic variceal ligation plus octride or octride alone for acute esophageal variceal bleeding

    LIU Jin-song; LIU Jun


    Background Octride was the main method for the treatment of esophageal variceal bleeding (EVB). The aim of this study was to compare the cost-effect and safety between esophageal variceal ligation (EVL) plus octride and octride alone in acute esophageal bleeding.Methods A total of 101 cirrhotic patients with EVB were involved in this study and received emergency EVL+octride (EVL group) or only octride therapy randomly. The cost, efficacy and safety were analyzed and compared between the two groups.Results Among 51 patients in EVL group, 5 (10%) patients failed. Among 50 patients in the octride treatment group, 13 patients (26%) failed. The difference was significant (P<0.05). The average blood transfusion volume was (2.4±2.2) units in the EVL group and (6.4±3.4) units in the octride treatment group (P <0.05). Hospital stay was (7.4±1.3) days in the EVL group and (11.4±3.3) days in the octride treatment group (P<0.05). The average hospital cost was (10 983±1147) yuan in the EVL group and (13 921 ±2107) yuan in the octride treatment group (P<0.05). Conclusion Emergency endoscopic ligation plus octride is superior to octride alone in the treatment of acute EVB with lower cost and higher efficacy with enough safety.

  3. Acute Management and Secondary Prophylaxis of Esophageal Variceal Bleeding: A Western Canadian Survey

    Justin Cheung


    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Acute esophageal variceal bleeding (EVB is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in patients with liver cirrhosis. Guidelines have been published in 1997; however, variability in the acute management and prevention of EVB rebleeding may occur.

  4. Asymptomatic Esophageal Varices Should Be Endoscopically Treated

    Nib Soehendra


    Full Text Available Endoscopic treatment has generally been accepted in the management of bleeding esophageal varices. Both the control of acute variceal bleeding and elective variceal eradication to prevent recurrent bleeding can be achieved via endoscopic methods. In contrast to acute and elective treatment, the role of endoscopic therapy in asymptomatic patients who have never had variceal bleeding remains controversial because of the rather disappointing results obtained from prophylactic sclerotherapy. Most published randomized controlled trials showed that prophylactic sclerotherapy had no effect on survival. In some studies, neither survival rate nor bleeding risk was improved. In this article, the author champions the view that asymptomatic esophageal varices should be endoscopically treated.

  5. Study of Controlling Acute Hemorrhage from Esophageal Varices Rupture with Technique of Traditional Chinese Medicine


    Objective: To find a method for inducing Chinese drugs to adhere to the esophageal mucosa to control bleeding from ruptured esophageal varices. Methods: The site and time that the Chinese drugs adhere to esophageal mucosa were observed in 30 healthy volunteers under the specific condition of standing and lying posture. Seventy episodes bled with ruptured esophageal varices patients (treated group 36 episodes in 25 patients and control group 34 episodes in 27 patients) suffering from cirrhosis of liver were treated by the technique of drug adhesion. Results: (1) The adhesion of Chinese hemostatic drugs remained in the lower segment of esophagus for more than 15 minutes in lying posture, longer than that in standing posture (P0.05). Conclusion: This drug adhesion technique provides a new approach to control hemorrhage from ruptured esophageal varices.

  6. Ultrasonographic findings of esophageal varices

    Kang, Hyo Seouk; Seol, Byeong Ryong; Rha, Seung Woon [Shilla General Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    To demonstrate the clinical usefulness of ultrasonography for detecting esophageal varices. In 20 cases of esophaged varix, the authors analysed the transabdominal ultrasonographic findings of the esophagogastric junction and compared mural thickness, the anteroposterior diameter of the esophagus, and the echogenic nature of the esophageal mucosal layer with those of 78 normal patients. The anterior and posterior mural thickeness of normal esophagus was 2.2{+-}0.7 and 2.4{+-}0.8mm respectively, but for variceal esophagus, the corresponding readings were 5.9{+-}1.3 and 5.2{+-}1.3mm respectively. The anteroposterior diameter of normal esophagus was 7.9{+-}2.1mm and that of variceal esophagus was 14.0{+-}1.8mm. There was a stastically significant difference (p<0.01) in mural thickness and anteroposterior diameter of the esophagus between a normal and variceal patient with regard to change of echogenic nature at the esphagogastric junction. Normal esophageal mucosa showed a thin and uniform echogenic line, but for variceal mucosa, the echogenic pattern was irregular, tortuous and thick. The athors believe that transabdominal US is helpful for detecting esophageal varices in patients with liver cirrhosis and UGI bleeding. Important clinically useful sonographic findings in diagnosing esophageal varix are as follows:1) mural thickness more than 6mm; 2) anteroposterior diameter of the esophagus of more than 15mm;3) irregular, tortuous and thickened echogenic mucosa.




    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Varices are expanded blood vessels that develop most commonly in the esophagus. Esophageal varices is responsible for 5-11% of all cases of upper GI bleeding. Endoscopic injection sclerotherapy (EST is a valuable therapeutic modality for the management of variceal bleeding. Other options for treatment such as variceal band ligation are either expensive or unavailable. AIM: To study the common causes for development of portal hypertension to present as esophageal varices and its different clinical mode of presentation and to know the effect of endoscopic sclerotherapy with absolute alcohol particularly in acute bleeding varices of different grades. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A clinical study of esophageal varices who presented to casualty in Basaveshwar Teaching and General Hospital, Gulbarga; from May 2012 to May 2014. Etiology, presentation, outcome from EST was evaluated. RESULTS: Common affected age group was 30-50yrs, common presentation is haematemesis (90%, melena (55%, distension of abdomen (70%, haemorrhoids (20% and all cases of esophageal varices were due to portal hypertension, the common pathological condition was cirrhosis (alcoholic, cryptogenic, posthepatitis cirrhosis and next common was portal vein thrombosis followed by splenic vein thrombosis. 70% cases of bleeding varices were very well controlled with EST alone and some needed initial sengstaken balloon tamponade treatment to control the bleeding followed by EST (30%. Recurrence of bleeding and complications of EST is less. CONCLUSION: This study provides evidence that endoscopic injection sclerotherapy is an important component in the management of bleeding oesophageal varices caused by portal hypertension. It is a safe and effective procedure.

  8. Endoscopic treatment of esophageal varices in patients with liver cirrhosis

    Triantos, Christos; Kalafateli, Maria


    Variceal bleeding is a life-threatening complication of portal hypertension with a six-week mortality rate of approximately 20%. Patients with medium- or large-sized varices can be treated for primary prophylaxis of variceal bleeding using two strategies: non-selective beta-blockers (NSBBs) or endoscopic variceal ligation (EVL). Both treatments are equally effective. Patients with acute variceal bleeding are critically ill patients. The available data suggest that vasoactive drugs, combined with endoscopic therapy and antibiotics, are the best treatment strategy with EVL being the endoscopic procedure of choice. In cases of uncontrolled bleeding, transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) with polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE)-covered stents are recommended. Approximately 60% of the patients experience rebleeding, with a mortality rate of 30%. Secondary prophylaxis should start on day six following the initial bleeding episode. The combination of NSBBs and EVL is the recommended management, whereas TIPS with PTFE-covered stents are the preferred option in patients who fail endoscopic and pharmacologic treatment. Apart from injection sclerotherapy and EVL, other endoscopic procedures, including tissue adhesives, endoloops, endoscopic clipping and argon plasma coagulation, have been used in the management of esophageal varices. However, their efficacy and safety, compared to standard endoscopic treatment, remain to be further elucidated. There are safety issues accompanying endoscopic techniques with aspiration pneumonia occurring at a rate of approximately 2.5%. In conclusion, future research is needed to improve treatment strategies, including novel endoscopic techniques with better efficacy, lower cost, and fewer adverse events. PMID:25278695

  9. Emergency Portacaval Shunt Versus Rescue Portacaval Shunt in a Randomized Controlled Trial of Emergency Treatment of Acutely Bleeding Esophageal Varices in Cirrhosis—Part 3

    Isenberg, Jon I.; Wheeler, Henry O.; Haynes, Kevin S.; Jinich-Brook, Horacio; Rapier, Roderick; Vaida, Florin; Hye, Robert J.


    Background Emergency treatment of bleeding esophageal varices in cirrhosis is of singular importance because of the high mortality rate. Emergency portacaval shunt is rarely used today because of the belief, unsubstantiated by long-term randomized trials, that it causes frequent portal-systemic encephalopathy and liver failure. Consequently, portacaval shunt has been relegated solely to salvage therapy when endoscopic and pharmacologic therapies have failed. Question: Is the regimen of endoscopic sclerotherapy with rescue portacaval shunt for failure to control bleeding varices superior to emergency portacaval shunt? A unique opportunity to answer this question was provided by a randomized controlled trial of endoscopic sclerotherapy versus emergency portacaval shunt conducted from 1988 to 2005. Methods Unselected consecutive cirrhotic patients with acute bleeding esophageal varices were randomized to endoscopic sclerotherapy (n = 106) or emergency portacaval shunt (n = 105). Diagnostic workup was completed and treatment was initiated within 8 h. Failure of endoscopic sclerotherapy was defined by strict criteria and treated by rescue portacaval shunt (n = 50) whenever possible. Ninety-six percent of patients had more than 10 years of follow-up or until death. Results Comparison of emergency portacaval shunt and endoscopic sclerotherapy followed by rescue portacaval shunt showed the following differences in measurements of outcomes: (1) survival after 5 years (72% versus 22%), 10 years (46% versus 16%), and 15 years (46% versus 0%); (2) median post-shunt survival (6.18 versus 1.99 years); (3) mean requirements of packed red blood cell units (17.85 versus 27.80); (4) incidence of recurrent portal-systemic encephalopathy (15% versus 43%); (5) 5-year change in Child’s class showing improvement (59% versus 19%) or worsening (8% versus 44%); (6) mean quality of life points in which lower is better (13.89 versus 27.89); and (7) mean cost of care per

  10. Secondary prophylaxis for esophageal variceal bleeding.

    Albillos, Agustín; Tejedor, Marta


    Combination therapy with beta-blockers and endoscopic band ligation (EBL) is the standard prophylaxis of esophageal variceal rebleeding in cirrhosis. Beta-blockers are the backbone of combination therapy, since their benefit extend to other complications of portal hypertension. EBL carries the risk of post-banding ulcer bleeding, which explains why overall rebleeding is reduced when beta-blockers are added to EBL, and not when EBL is added to beta-blockers. TIPS is the rescue treatment, but it could be considered as first choice in patients that first bleed while on beta-blockers, those with contraindications to beta-blockers or with refractory ascites, and those with fundal varices.

  11. Acute variceal bleeding: general management

    David Patch; Lucy Dagher


    @@ TREATMENT STRATEGIES FOR ACUTE VARICEAL BLEEDING Backgound Acute variceal bleeding has a significant mortality which ranges form 5% to 50% in patients with cirrhosis[1].Overall survival is probably improving,because of new therapeutic approaches,and improved medical care.However,mortality is still closely related to failure to control hacmorrhage or carly rebleeding,which is a distinct characteristic of portal hypertensive bleeding and occures in as many as 50% of patients in the first days to 6 weeks after admission et al[2].


    Orloff, Marshall J.; Isenberg, Jon I.; Wheeler, Henry O.; Haynes, Kevin S.; Jinich-Brook, Horacio; Rapier, Roderick; Vaida, Florin; Hye, Robert J.; Orloff, Susan L.


    Background Bleeding esophageal varices (BEV) in cirrhosis has been considered an indication for liver transplantation (LT). This issue was examined in a randomized controlled trial (RCT) of unselected, consecutive patients with advanced cirrhosis and BEV that compared endoscopic sclerotherapy (EST) (n=106) to emergency direct portacaval shunt (EPCS) (n=105). Methods Diagnostic workup and treatment were initiated within 8 hours. Patients were evaluated for LT on admission and repeatedly thereafter. 96% underwent over 10 years of regular follow-up. The analysis was supplemented by 1300 unrandomized cirrhotic patients who previously underwent portacaval shunt (PCS) with 100% follow-up. Results In the RCT, long-term bleeding control was 100% following EPCS, only 20% following EST. 3, 5, 10, and 15-year survival rates were 75%, 73%, 46%, and 46% following EPCS, compared to 44%, 21%, 9%, and 9% following EST (p<0.001). Only 13 RCT patients (6%) were ultimately referred for LT mainly because of progressive liver failure; only 7 (3%) were approved for LT and only 4 (2%) underwent LT. 1- and 5-year LT survival rates were 0.68% and 0, compared to 81% and 73% after EPCS. In the 1300 unrandomized PCS patients. 50 (3.8%) were referred and 19 (1.5%) underwent LT. Five-year survival rate was 53% compared to 72% for all 1300 patients. Conclusions If bleeding is permanently controlled, as occurred invariably following EPCS, cirrhotic patients with BEV seldom require LT. PCS is effective first-line and long-term treatment. Should LT be required in patients with PCS, although technically more demanding, numerous studies have shown that PCS does not increase mortality or complications. EST is not effective emergency or long-term therapy. PMID:21168637

  13. Esophageal varices before and after endoscopic variceal ligation: evaluation using helical CT

    Shimizu, T.; Namba, R.; Matsuoka, T.; Tabuchi, K.; Yamamoto, K.; Uesugi, Y.; Matsui, R.; Sueyoshi, K.; Narabayashi, I. [Dept. of Radiology, Osaka Medical College (Japan)


    The purpose of this study was to demonstrate the utility of helical CT in assessing the therapeutic effects of endoscopic variceal ligation (EVL). Twenty-four patients with esophageal varices were examined. Helical scanning was initiated 60 s after intravenous injection (Iopamidol 300 mgI/ml, total 120 ml, 3 ml/s) was started. Esophageal varices were clearly depicted as high-density areas. Multiplanar reformation and 3D images demonstrated collateral circulation three-dimensionally. After EVL, mucosal high-density areas had diminished markedly, but collateral veins around the esophagus, and gastro- and/or spleno-renal shunts, were unchanged in all patients. Of 21 patients with collateral circulation, esophageal varices recurred endoscopically in 6 patients within 12 months. In 3 patients without collateral circulation, esophageal varices did not recur within 12 months. From these findings, we conclude that helical CT is a useful method for assessing the therapeutic effects of EVL. (orig.) With 3 figs., 1 tab., 14 refs.

  14. Transabdominal sonographic findings of the distal esophagus in esophageal varices

    Ko, Yong Seok; Kim, Jun Young; Ko, Myoung Kwan; Kim, Dong Hyun; Byun, Ju Nam; Kim, Young Suk; Kim, Young Cheol; Oh, Jae Hee [Chosun University College of Medicine, Kwangju (Korea, Republic of)


    To assess transabdominal sonographic findings of the distal esophagus in the patients with esophageal varices. Transabdominal sonography was performed on two groups which considered of 42 normal subjects (25 males and 17 female, age: 20-65) and 45 cirrhotic patients (34 males and 11 females, age: 30-70) with esophageal varices. The thickness of the anterior wall of the distal esophagus (AWDE) was measured and the shape of its surface was observed. Then these findings were compared between the two groups. The mean thickness of the AWDE in the 42 normal subjects was 2.4 {+-} 0.62 mm (2-4 mm), while that of the 45 cirrhotic patients was 6.0 {+-} 1.27 mm (3-10 mm). Whereas the irregular surface of the AWDE was observed in 4 of the 42 normal subjects (9.5%), it was seen in 30 of the 45 cirrhotic patients with esophageal varices (66.7%). When as AWDE having more than 5 mm in thickness was used as a diagnostic criterion for the esophageal varices, the sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy was 89%, 100% and 94% respectively. When an irregular wall surface was used as a diagnostic standard, the results were 67%, 90% and 70% respectively. In the cirrhotic patients, esophageal varix can be presumed with reasons of the thickening AWDE (more than 5 mm) and irregularity of its surface in the transabdominal sonography.

  15. Comparison of esophageal capsule endoscopy and esophagogastroduodenoscopy for diagnosis of esophageal varices

    Catherine T Frenette; John G Kuldau; Donald J Hillebrand; Jill Lane; Paul J Pockros


    AIM: To investigate the utility of esophageal capsule endoscopy in the diagnosis and grading of esophageal varices.METHODS: Cirrhotic patients who were undergo-ing esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) for variceal screening or surveillance underwent capsule endos-copy. Two separate blinded investigators read each capsule endoscopy for the following results: variceal grade, need for treatment with variceal banding or prophylaxis with beta-blocker therapy, degree of portal hypertensive gastropathy, and gastric varices.RESULTS: Fifty patients underwent both capsule and EGD. Forty-eight patients had both procedures on the same day, and 2 patients had capsule endoscopy within 72 h of EGD. The accuracy of capsule endos-copy to decide on the need for prophylaxis was 74%,with sensitivity of 63% and specificity of 82%. Inter-rater agreement was moderate (kappa = 0.56). Agree-ment between EGD and capsule endoscopy on grade of varices was 0.53 (moderate). Inter-rater reliability was good (kappa = 0.77). In diagnosis of portal hyper.tensive gastropathy, accuracy was 57%, with sensitiv-ity of 96% and specificity of 17%. Two patients had gastric varices seen on EGD, one of which was seen on capsule endoscopy. There were no complications from capsule endoscopy.CONCLUSION: We conclude that capsule endoscopy has a limited role in deciding which patients would benefit from EGD with banding or beta-blocker thera-py. More data is needed to assess accuracy for staging esophageal varices, PHG, and the detection of gastric varices.

  16. New methods for the management of esophageal varices

    Hiroshi Yoshida; Yasuhiro Mamada; Nobuhiko Taniai; Takashi Tajiri


    Bleeding from esophageal varices (EVs) is a catastrophic complication of chronic liver disease. Many years ago, surgical procedures such as esophageal transection or distal splenorenal shunting were the only treatments for EVs. In the 1970s, interventional radiology procedures such as transportal obliteration, left gastric artery embolization, and partial splenic artery embolization were introduced, improving the survival of patients with bleeding EVs. In the 1980s, endoscopic treatment, endoscopic injection sderotherapy (HS), and endoscopic variceal ligarJon (EVL), further contributed to improved survival. We combined IVR with endoscopic treatment or EIS with EVL. Most patients with EVs treated endoscopically required follow-up treatment for recurrent varices. Proper management of recurrent EVs can significantly improve patients' quality of life. Recently, we have performed EVL at 2-mo (bi-monthly) intervals for the management of EVs. Longer intervals between treatment sessions resulted in a higher rate of total eradication and lower rates of recurrence and additional treatment.

  17. Liver transplantation in the treatment of bleeding esophageal varices

    Iwatsuki, Shunzaburo; Starzl, Thomas E.; Todo, Satoru; Gordon, Robert D.; Tzakis, Andreas G.; Marsh, J. Wallis; Makowka, Leonard; Koneru, Baburao; Stieber, Andrei; Klintmalm, Goran; Husberg, Bo; van Thiel, David


    From March 1980 to July 1987, 1000 patients with various end-stage liver diseases received orthotopic liver transplants. Of the 7000 patients, three hundred two had definite histories of bleeding from esophageal varices before transplantation. There were 287 patients with nonalcoholic liver diseases and 15 patients with alcoholic cirrhosis. All patients had very poor liver function, which was the main indication for liver transplantation. One- through 5-year actuarial survival rates of the 302 patients were 79%, 74%, 71%, 71%, and 71%, respectively. These survival rates are far better than those obtained with other available modes of treatment for bleeding varices when liver disease is advanced. Long-term sclerotherapy is the treatment of primary choice for bleeding varices. Patients in whom sclerotherapy fails should be considered for liver transplantation unless clear contraindications exist. PMID:3051474

  18. Evaluation of the effects of combined endoscopic variceal ligation and splenectomy with pericardial devascularization on esophageal varices

    Bo Liu; Mei-Hai Deng; Nan Lin; Wei-Dong Pan; Yun-Biao Ling; Rui-Yun Xu


    AIM:To detect the hemodynamic alterations in collateral circulation before and after combined endoscopic variceal ligation (EVL) and splenectomy with pericardial devascularization by ultrasonography,and to evaluate their effect using hemodynamic parameters.METHODS: Forty-three patients with esophageal varices received combined EVL and splenectomy with pericardial devascularization for variceal eradication. The esophageal vein structures and azygos blood flow (AZBF) were detected by endoscopic ultrasonography and color Doppler ultrasound. The recurrence and rebleeding of esophageal varices were followed up.RESULTS:Patients with moderate or severe varices in the esophageal wall and those with severe periesophageal collateral vein varices had improvements after treatment, while the percentage of patients with severe para-esophageal collateral vein varices decreased from 54.49% to 2.33%, and the percentage of patients with detectable perforating veins decreased from 79.07% to 4.65% (P < 0.01). Color Doppler flowmetry showed a significant decrease both in AZBF (43.00%,P < 0.05) and in diameter of the azygos vein (28.85%, P < 0.05), while the blood flow rate was unchanged. The recurrence rate of esophageal varices was 2.5% (1/40,mild), while no re-bleeding cases were recorded.CONCLUSION:EVL in combination with splenectomy with pericardial devascularization can block the collateral veins both inside and outside of the esophageal wall, and is more advantagious over splenectomy in combination with pericardial devascularization or EVL in preventing recurrence and re-bleeding of varices.

  19. Hemodynamic analysis of esophageal varices in patients with liver cirrhosis using color Doppler ultrasound

    Feng-Hua Li; Jing Hao; Jian-Guo Xia; Hong-Li Li; Hua Fang


    AIM: To study the portal hemodynamics and their relationship with the size of esophageal varices seen at endoscopy and to evaluate whether these Doppler ultrasound parameters might predict variceal bleeding in patients with liver cirrhosis and portal hypertension.METHODS: One hundred and twenty cirrhotic patients with esophageal varices but without any previous bleeding were enrolled in the prospective study. During a 2-year observation period, 52 patients who had at least one episode of acute esophageal variceal hemorrhage constituted the bleeding group, and the remaining 68 patients without any previous hemorrhage constituted the non-bleeding group. All patients underwent endoscopy before or after color Doppler-ultrasonic examination, and images were interpreted independently by two endoscopists. The control group consisted of 30 healthy subjects, matched to the patient group in age and gender. Measurements of diameter,flow direction and flow velocity in the left gastric vein (LGV) and the portal vein (PV) were done in all patients and controls using color Doppler unit. After baseline measurements, 30 min after oral administration of 75 g glucose in 225 mL, changes of the diameter, flow velocity and direction in the PV and LGV were examined in 60 patients with esophageal varices and 15 healthy controls.RESULTS: The PV and LGV were detected successfully in 115 (96%) and 105 (88%) of 120 cirrhotic patients,respectively, and in 27 (90%) and 21 (70%) of 30 healthy controls, respectively. Among the 120 cirrhotic patients,37 had F1, 59 had F2, and 24 had F3 grade varices. Compared with the healthy controls, cirrhotic group had a significantly lower velocity in the PV, a significantly greater diameter of the PV and LGV, and a higher velocity in the LGV. In the cirrhotic group, no difference in portal flow velocity and diameter were observed between patients with or without esophageal variceal bleeding (EVB). However, the diameter and blood flow velocity of the LGV were

  20. Serum type IV collagen level is predictive for esophageal varices in patients with severe alcoholic disease

    Satoshi Mamori; Yasuyuki Searashi; Masato Matsushima; Kenichi Hashimoto; Shinichiro Uetake; Hiroshi Matsudaira; Shuji Ito; Hisato Nakajima; Hisao Tajiri


    AIM: To determine factors predictive for esophageal varices in severe alcoholic disease (SAD).METHODS: Abdominal ultrasonography (US) was performed on 444 patients suffering from alcoholism. Forty-four patients found to have splenomegaly and/ or withering of the right liver lobe were defined as those with SAD. SAD patients were examined by upper gastrointestinal (UGI) endoscopy for the presence of esophageal varices. The existence of esophageal varices was then related to clinical variables.RESULTS: Twenty-five patients (56.8%) had esophageal varices. A univariate analysis revealed a significant difference in age and type IV collagen levels between patients with and without esophageal varices. A logistic regression analysis identified type IV collagen as the only independent variable predictive for esophageal varices (P = 0.017). The area under the curve (AUC) for type IV collagen as determined by the receiver operating characteristic (ROC) for predicting esophageal varices was 0.78.CONCLUSION: This study suggests that the level of type IV collagen has a high diagnostic accuracy for the detection of esophageal varices in SAD.

  1. Banding ligation versus beta-blockers as primary prophylaxis in esophageal varices

    Gluud, Lise L; Klingenberg, Sarah; Nikolova, Dimitrinka


    To compare banding ligation versus beta-blockers as primary prophylaxis in patients with esophageal varices and no previous bleeding.......To compare banding ligation versus beta-blockers as primary prophylaxis in patients with esophageal varices and no previous bleeding....

  2. Recent trends of study on esophageal variceal bleeding

    CHENG Liu-fang; LI Chang-zheng


    @@ Esophageal variceal bleeding (EVB), a severe complication and main mortality cause of portal hypertension, had reached a relatively mature stage in its research. The mortality rate of EVB within 5 days showed decreased tendency in recent years, which may be due to wide adoption of endoscopic variceal ligation (EVL) and endoscopic injection sclerotherapy (EIS).1 Endoscopic treatment had been widely used because of its simple procedure, high hemostasis rate and low recurrent bleeding rate, and had become a main measure in cease of first episode and prevention of recurrent bleeding. The technique of endoscopic procedures had less progress in the last 5 years. Recent studies on EVB mainly focused on further improvement of clinical outcome, including primary prevention by EVL, selection and combination of different hemostatic measures, minimizing complications, better long-term management and forecast of bleeding risk.

  3. Treatment of acute variceal bleeding

    Bendtsen, Flemming; Krag, Aleksander Ahm; Møller, Søren


    The management of variceal bleeding remains a clinical challenge with a high mortality. Standardisation in supportive and new therapeutic treatments seems to have improved survival within the last 25 years. Although overall survival has improved in recent years, mortality is still closely related...

  4. Changes in Cardiac Varices and Their Clinical Significance after Eradication of Esophageal Varices by Band Ligation

    Seung Woon Park


    Full Text Available Background and Aims. Cardiac varices (CVs in patients with type 1 gastroesophageal varices (GOV1s usually disappear with treatment for esophageal varices (EVs by endoscopic injection sclerotherapy (EIS. However, whether this applies to patients treated with endoscopic band ligation (EBL for EVs remains unclear. We evaluated the effect of EVs eradication by EBL on CVs. Methods. We included cirrhotic patients whose EVs had been eradicated using EBL and excluded those who had been treated using EIS, those who had received endoscopic therapy for CVs, and those who were combined with hepatocellular carcinoma. Results. A total of 123 patients were enrolled. The age was 59.7 ± 11.7 years, and 96 patients (78.0% were men. Thirty-eight patients (30.9% had EVs only, while 85 (69.1% had GOV1s. After EVs eradication, the CVs disappeared in 55 patients (64.7%. EVs recurred in 40 patients, with recurrence rates at 1, 2, and 3 years of 16.0%, 29.6%, and 35.6%, respectively, the recurrence being more frequent in patients who had undergone EBL for secondary prophylaxis and in those with persisting CVs after EVs eradication (P=0.003. Conclusions. CVs frequently disappeared when EVs were eradicated using EBL in patients with GOV1s. Persistence of CVs after EVs eradication by EBL was associated with EVs recurrence.

  5. Complete Esophageal Obstruction after Endoscopic Variceal Band Ligation in a Patient with a Sliding Hiatal Hernia

    Mansour, Munthir; Abdel-Aziz, Yousef; Awadh, Hesham; Shah, Nihar


    Complete esophageal obstruction is a rare complication of endoscopic variceal banding, with only 6 cases in the English literature since the introduction of endoscopic variceal banding in 1986. We report a case of complete esophageal obstruction following esophageal banding due to entrapment of part of a sliding hiatal hernia. To our knowledge, our case is one of few with esophageal obstruction post-banding, and the first associated with a hiatal hernia. We recommend caution when performing esophageal banding on patients with a hiatal hernia.

  6. Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt for the management of acute variceal hemorrhage.

    Loffroy, Romaric; Estivalet, Louis; Cherblanc, Violaine; Favelier, Sylvain; Pottecher, Pierre; Hamza, Samia; Minello, Anne; Hillon, Patrick; Thouant, Pierre; Lefevre, Pierre-Henri; Krausé, Denis; Cercueil, Jean-Pierre


    Acute variceal hemorrhage, a life-threatening condition that requires a multidisciplinary approach for effective therapy, is defined as visible bleeding from an esophageal or gastric varix at the time of endoscopy, the presence of large esophageal varices with recent stigmata of bleeding, or fresh blood visible in the stomach with no other source of bleeding identified. Transfusion of blood products, pharmacological treatments and early endoscopic therapy are often effective; however, if primary hemostasis cannot be obtained or if uncontrollable early rebleeding occurs, transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) is recommended as rescue treatment. The TIPS represents a major advance in the treatment of complications of portal hypertension. Acute variceal hemorrhage that is poorly controlled with endoscopic therapy is generally well controlled with TIPS, which has a 90% to 100% success rate. However, TIPS is associated with a mortality of 30% to 50% in such a setting. Emergency TIPS should be considered early in patients with refractory variceal bleeding once medical treatment and endoscopic sclerotherapy failure, before the clinical condition worsens. Furthermore, admission to specialized centers is mandatory in such a setting and regional protocols are essential to be organized effectively. This review article discusses initial management and then focuses on the specific role of TIPS as a primary therapy to control acute variceal hemorrhage, particularly as a rescue therapy following failure of endoscopic approaches.

  7. Per rectal portal scintigraphy as a useful tool for predicting esophageal variceal bleeding in cirrhotic patients

    Taned Chitapanarux; Ong-ard Praisontarangkul; Satawat Thongsawat; Pises Pisespongsa; Apinya Leerapun


    AIM: To investigate potential roles of per rectal portal scintigraphy in diagnosis of esophageal varices and predicting the risk of bleeding.METHODS: Fifteen normal subjects and fifty cirrhotic patients with endoscopically confirmed esophageal varices were included. Patients were categorized into bleeder and non-bleeder groups according to history of variceal bleeding. All had completed per rectal portal scintigraphy using 99mTechnetium pertechnetate.The shunt index was calculated from the ratio of 99mTechnetium pertechnetate in the heart and the liver.Data were analyzed using Student's t-test and receiver operating characteristics.RESULTS: Cirrhotic patients showed a higher shunt index than normal subjects (63.80 ± 25.21 vs 13.54 ± 6.46, P < 0.01). Patients with variceal bleeding showed a higher shunt index than those without bleeding (78.45 ± 9.40 vs 49.35 ± 27.72, P < 0.01). A shunt index of over 20% indicated the presence of varices and that of over 60% indicated the risk of variceal bleeding.CONCLUSION: In cirrhotic patients, per rectal portal scintigraphy is a clinically useful test for identifying esophageal varices and risk of variceal bleeding.

  8. Correlation Between Esophageal Varices and Lok Score as a Non-invasive Parameter in Liver Cirrhosis Patients

    Iqbal Sungkar


    Full Text Available Bleeding from gastro-esophageal varices is the most serious and life-threatening complication of cirrhosis. Endoscopic surveillance of esophageal varices in cirrhotic patients is expensive and uncomfortable for the patients. Therefore, there is a particular need for non-invasive predictors for esophageal varices. The aim of the present study was to evaluate association of esophageal varices and Lok Score as non-invasive parameter in liver cirrhosis patients. This is a cross-sectional study of patients admitted at the Adam Malik hospital Medan between September to December 2014 with a diagnosis of cirrhosis based on clinical, biochemical examination, ultrasound, and gastroscopy. Lok Score was calculated for all patients, tabulated and analyzed. Among 76 patients with esophageal varices, 55.3% was due to hepatitis B virus (HBV. The majority of patients were Child C with only 13,2% being Child Pugh class A. Majority of the population had F2 esophageal varices (42.1%, F1 (32.9%, and F3 (25%. There is significance difference between Lok Score and grading of esophageal varices, in which Lok Score is higher in large esophageal varices compared with small esophageal varises (0.92 ± 0.14 vs. 0.70 ± 0.29; p = 0.001. Lok Score with cut-off point of > 0.9141 was highly predictive in the diagnosis large esophageal varices with a sensitivity of 74.5%, specificity of 72%, positive predictive value of 84%, negative predictive value 58%, and accuracy was 73.7%. Lok Score was significantly associated with esophageal varices. Lok Score is a good non-invasive predictor of large esophageal varices in cirrhotic patients.

  9. Transabdominal US evaluation of esophageal varices: as a prospective screening test

    Baek, Seung Yon; Lee, Sun Wha [Ewha Womans University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    To evaluate the efficacy of transabdominal ultrasonography to diagnose esophageal varices and to predict the grade of varices as a screening test for cirrhotic patients. Transabdominal ultrasonography was performed in 41 cirrhotic patients to evaluate esophageal varices prospectively. We measured thickness of the anterior distal esophageal wall three times and calculated the main thickness. We evaluated the pattern of the wall (smooth or irregularly), the presence of Doppler signal flow, the pattern and direction and velocity of Doppler signal flow in the esophageal wall. We considered the mean thickness of the esophageal wall in 44 patients without liver diseases to normal control. The endoscopic grade (grade 1 to 4) of esophageal varices was considered as gold standard. We analyzed the statistical difference between groups of esophageal varices and the normal control group using ANOVA and multiple complication method and t-test. Mean thickness of the normal and variceal group was 2.7 {+-} 0.7 mm and 5.2 {+-} 1.8 mm with statistical deference (p<0.001). Mean thickness between the normal group and each of the three grades of variceal groups was statically different (p<0.001) respectively. Mean thickness of grade I (N=19), grade II (N=10) and grade III and above (N=12) was 4.2 {+-} 1.2 mm, 4.9 mm {+-} 1.1 mm, 7.0 {+-} 1.8 mm respectively and for higher grades, the esophageal wall became thicker. There was statistical difference of mean thickness between grade I and grade III and above, grade II and grade III and above (p<0.001) and no difference between grade I and grade II (P=0.40). The pattern of the esophageal wall was irregular in 17 (41%)patients and the presence of Doppler signal flow was found in 8 (20%) patients. If the diagnostic criteria of mean thickness to diagnose varices was 3.5 mm, accuracy, sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value and negative predictive value was 85.9%, 82.9%, 88.6%, 87.2%, 84.8% respectively. Transabdominal

  10. Prospective study of bacteremia rate after elective band ligation and sclerotherapy with cyanoacrylate for esophageal varices in patients with advanced liver disease

    Danielle Queiroz Bonilha


    Full Text Available CONTEXT: Band ligation (BL is the most appropriate endoscopic treatment for acute bleeding or prophylaxis of esophageal variceal bleeding. Sclerotherapy with N-butyl-2-cyanoacrylate (CY can be an alternative for patients with advanced liver disease. Bacteremia is an infrequent complication after BL while the bacteremia rate following treatment with CY for esophageal varices remains unknown. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate and compare the incidence of transient bacteremia between cirrhotic patients submitted to diagnostic endoscopy, CY and BL for treatment of esophageal varices. METHODS: A prospective study comprising the period from 2004 to 2007 was conducted at Hospital of Universidade Federal de São Paulo, UNIFESP, SP, Brazil. Cirrhotic patients with advanced liver disease (Child-Pugh B or C were enrolled. The patients were divided into two groups according treatment: BL Group (patients undergoing band ligation, n = 20 and CY Group (patients receiving cyanoacrylate injection for esophageal variceal, n = 18. Cirrhotic patients with no esophageal varices or without indication for endoscopic treatment were recruited as control (diagnostic group n = 20. Bacteremia was evaluated by blood culture at baseline and 30 minutes after the procedure. RESULTS: After 137 scheduled endoscopic procedures, none of the 58 patients had fever or any sign suggestive of infection. All baseline cultures were negative. No positive cultures were observed after CY or in the control group - diagnostic endoscopy. Three (4.6 % positive cultures were found out of the 65 sessions of band ligation (P = 0.187. Two of these samples were positive for coagulase-negative staphylococcus, which could be regarded as a contaminant. The isolated microorganism in the other case was Klebsiella oxytoca. The patient in this case presented no evidence of immunodeficiency except liver disease. CONCLUSIONS: There was no significant difference in bacteremia rate between these three groups. BL or CY

  11. Severe bleeding from esophageal varices resistant to endoscopic treatment in a non cirrhotic patient with portal hypertension

    Caronna, Roberto; Bezzi, Mario; Schiratti, Monica; Cardi, Maurizio; Prezioso, Giampaolo; Benedetti, Michele; Papini, Federica; Mangioni, Simona; Martino, Gabriele; Chirletti, Piero


    A non cirrhotic patient with esophageal varices and portal vein thrombosis had recurrent variceal bleeding unsuccessfully controlled by endoscopy and esophageal transection. Emergency transhepatic portography confirmed the thrombosed right branch of the portal vein, while the left branch appeared angulated, shifted and stenotic. A stent was successfully implanted into the left branch and the collateral vessels along the epatoduodenal ligament disappeared. In patients with esophageal variceal hemorrhage and portal thrombosis if endoscopy fails, emergency esophageal transection or nonselective portocaval shunting are indicated. The rare patients with only partial portal thrombosis can be treated directly with stenting through an angioradiologic approach. PMID:18644135

  12. Severe bleeding from esophageal varices resistant to endoscopic treatment in a non cirrhotic patient with portal hypertension

    Mangioni Simona


    Full Text Available Abstract A non cirrhotic patient with esophageal varices and portal vein thrombosis had recurrent variceal bleeding unsuccessfully controlled by endoscopy and esophageal transection. Emergency transhepatic portography confirmed the thrombosed right branch of the portal vein, while the left branch appeared angulated, shifted and stenotic. A stent was successfully implanted into the left branch and the collateral vessels along the epatoduodenal ligament disappeared. In patients with esophageal variceal hemorrhage and portal thrombosis if endoscopy fails, emergency esophageal transection or nonselective portocaval shunting are indicated. The rare patients with only partial portal thrombosis can be treated directly with stenting through an angioradiologic approach.

  13. Surgical treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma with cirrhotic esophageal varices and hypersplenism:a 184 case report

    JIANG Bin; CHEN Xiaoping; HUANG Zhiyong; ZHANG Zhiwei; HE Songqing; WANG Shaofa; WU Zaide; QIU Fazu


    In treating hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)patients with advanced cirrhosis,one of the most difficult problems is concomitant esophageal varices and hypersplenism.Whether these conditions should be treated surgically in association with HCC resection is still in debate.To elucidate whether esophageal devascularization or splenectomy is beneficial when simultaneously performed with liver resection in HCC patients with both varices and hypersplenism,HCC patients (n = 184) with esophageal varices and hypersplenism received one of the three treatments:simultaneous liver resection and esophageal devascularization (Group Ⅰ,n=41);simultaneous liver resection and splenectomy (Group Ⅱ,n = 61);liver resection only (Group Ⅲ,n = 82).The incidences of postoperative complications of the three groups were 31.7%,29.5% and 24.4%,respectively,with no significant difference among them.The 5-year tumor-free survival rates for the group Ⅰ,group Ⅱ and group Ⅲ were 34.1%,36.1% and 37.8%,respectively.Variceal bleeding caused death by only 4.2% in group Ⅰ,but by 14.3% in group Ⅱ and 23.2% in group Ⅲ.The survival rates in the group Ⅰ and the group Ⅱ were comparable to those in the group Ⅲ,however,the recurrences of postoperative fatal variceal bleeding in group Ⅰ and group Ⅱ were significantly lower than those in group Ⅲ.The results suggest that HCC patients with esophageal varices and hypersplenism should undergo hepatic resection plus esophageal devascularization or splenectomy if radical resection of HCC can be expected.

  14. Treatment of Esophageal Variceal Hemorrhage with Self-Expanding Metal Stents as a Rescue Maneuver in a Swiss Multicentric Cohort

    Fabienne C. Fierz


    Full Text Available Acute esophageal variceal bleeding in patients with portal hypertension remains a complication with a high mortality today. In cases refractory to standard therapy including endoscopic band ligation and pharmacological therapy, traditionally balloon tamponade has been used as salvage therapy. However, these techniques show several important limitations. Self-expanding metal stents (SEMS have been proposed as an alternative rescue treatment. The use of variceal stenting in 7 patients with a total of 9 bleeding episodes in three different Swiss hospitals is demonstrated. While immediate bleeding control is achieved in a high percentage of cases, the 5-day and 6-week mortality rate remain high. Mortality is strongly influenced by the severity of the underlying liver disease. Accordingly, our data represent a high-risk patient collective. Thanks to their safety and easy handling, SEMS are an interesting alternative to balloon tamponade as a bridging intervention to definitive therapy including the pre-hospital setting.

  15. Noninvasive assessment of esophageal-gastric varices by spleen stiffness in liver cirrhosis patients



    Objective To investigate the value of spleen stiffness measured by transient elastography(FibroScan,FS) for diagnosing esophageal-gastric varices in liver cirrhosis patients. Methods A total of 259 cirrhotic patients in Tianjin Third Central Hospital rom Apr 2011 to Apr 2012,and 30 healthy controls were enrolled

  16. Meta-analysis of capsule endoscopy in patients diagnosed or suspected with esophageal varices

    Yi Lu; Rui Gao; Zhuan Liao; Liang-Hao Hu; Zhao-Shen Li


    AIM: To review the literature on capsule endoscopy (CE) for detecting esophageal varices using conventional esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) as the standard.METHODS: A strict literature search of studies comparing the yield of CE and EGD in patients diagnosed or suspected as having esophageal varices was conducted by both computer search and manual search. Data were extracted to estimate the pooled diagnostic sensitivity and specificity.RESULTS: There were seven studies appropriate for meta-analysis in our study, involving 446 patients.The pooled sensitivity and specificity of CE for detecting esophageal varices were 85.8% and 80.5%,respectively. In subgroup analysis, the pooled sensitivity and specificity were 82.7% and 54.8% in screened patients, and 87.3% and 84.7% in the screened/patients under surveillance, respectively.CONCLUSION: CE appears to have acceptable sensitivity and specificity in detecting esophageal varices. However, data are insufficient to determine the accurate diagnostic value of CE in the screen/surveillance of patients alone.




    Full Text Available BACKGROUND Variceal bleeding is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in cirrhosis and endoscopic examination is not accessible in most rural centers. The aim of the study is to identify the clinical, hematological, biochemical, and ultrasonographic parameters that predict the presence of large esophageal varices in patients with cirrhosis. METHODOLOGY Seventy two patients fulfilling inclusion criteria were enrolled for this prospective observational study. Relevant clinical parameters like ascites, splenomegaly, jaundice and laboratory parameters like complete blood picture with absolute platelet count, prothrombin time, serum bilirubin, albumin, CTP class and ultrasonographic characteristics like spleen size, splenic vein size, portal vein diameter were recorded and assessed. Univariate and multivariate analysis was done for predictors of large esophageal varices. RESULTS Thirty one (43% patients in this study had varices, out of them 15 (48% had large varices. On multivariate analysis, presence of large esophageal varices was significantly associated with a spleen size >16cm (p value-0.001, platelet count 16cm and CTP class B and C can stongly predict the presence of large esophageal varices. PLC/SD ratio, SAAG, PVD and PVF did not have any statistical significance in predicting large esophageal varices in our study.

  18. Multiple esophageal variceal ruptures with massive ascites due to myelofibrosis-induced portal hypertension

    Koichi Tokai; Hiroyuki Miyatani; Yukio Yoshida; Shigeki Yamada


    A 75-year old man had been diagnosed at 42 years of age as having polycythemia vera and had been monitored at another hospital.Progression of anemia had been recognized at about age 70,and the patient was thus referred to our center in 2008 where secondary myelofibrosis was diagnosed based on bone marrow biopsy findings.Hematemesis due to rupture of esophageal varices occurred in January and February of 2011.The bleeding was stopped by endoscopic variceal ligation.Furthermore,in March of the same year,hematemesis recurred and the patient was transported to our center.He was in irreversible hemorrhagic shock and died.The autopsy showed severe bone marrow fibrosis with mainly argyrophilic fibers,an observation consistent with myelofibrosis.The liver weighed 1856 g the spleen 1572 g,indicating marked hepatosplenomegaly.The liver and spleen both showed extramedullary hemopoiesis.Myelofibrosis is often complicated by portal hypertension and is occasionally associated with gastrointestinal hemorrhage due to esophageal varices.A patient diagnosed as having myelofibrosis needs to be screened for esophageal/gastric varices.Myelofibrosis has a poor prognosis.Therefore,it is necessary to carefully decide the therapeutic strategy in consideration of the patient's concomitant conditions,treatment invasiveness and quality of life.

  19. Prognostic factors associated with rebleeding in cirrhotic inpatients complicated with esophageal variceal bleeding

    WANG Mei-tang; LIU Tao; MA Xiu-qiang; HE Jian


    Background Esophageal variceal bleeding is a frequent and severe complication in patients with cirrhosis. The aim of this study was to identify prognostic factors of esophageal variceal rebleeding in cirrhotic inpatients.Methods Consecutive cirrhotic patients who were admitted to Changhai Hospital because of esophageal variceal bleeding were retrospectively analyzed. To assess the independent factors for recurrent hemorrhage after esophageal variceal bleeding, medical assessment was completed at the time of their initial hospital admission, including documentation of clinical, biochemical, and treatment methods that might contribute to variceal rebleeding. Univariate and multivariate analyses were retrospectively performed.Results Totally 186 patients (35.8%) were assigned to a rebleeding group and the other 334 patients (64.2%) to a non-rebleeding group. Multivariate stepwise regression analysis showed that four variables were positively correlated with rebleeding: Child-pugh grade B (OR=2.664, 95% CI 1.680-4.223) (compared with Child-pugh grade A), total bilirubin (Tbil) (OR=1.0006, 95% CI 1.002-1.0107), creatinine (OR=1.008, 95% CI 1.002-1.015) and the cumulative volume of blood transfusion (OR=1.519, 95% CI 1.345-1.716). The presence of ascites (OR=0.270, 95% CI 0.136-0.536) and prophylactic antibiotics (OR=0.504, 95% CI 0.325-0.780) were negatively correlated with rebleeding of the cirrhotic inpatients. According to standardized coefficient, the importance of rebleeding predictors ranked from the most to the least was as follows: the cumulative volume of blood transfusion, Child-pugh grade B, Tbil and creatinine.Conclusion Rebleeding in cirrhotic inpatients was associated with more blood transfusions, Child-pugh grade B, higher Tbil and creatinine.

  20. Downhill Esophageal Varices Associated With Central Venous Catheter-Related Thrombosis Managed With Endoscopic and Surgical Therapy

    Berkowitz, Joshua C.; Bhusal, Sushma; Desai, Deepak; Cerulli, Maurice A.


    Downhill esophageal varices are a rare cause of upper gastrointestinal hemorrhage. We present a case of downhill variceal bleeding due to superior vena cava thrombosis resulting from a prior central venous catheter. The patient was managed with endoscopic band ligation and later with surgical axillary vein to right atrium bypass grafting. Successful long-term resolution of varices was achieved at 1 year of follow-up. This is the longest follow-up described for combined endoscopic and surgical management in the existing literature for catheter-associated downhill varices. PMID:27807564

  1. Predictors of esophageal varices in patients with HBV-related cirrhosis: a retrospective study

    Jiang Zen-cai


    Full Text Available Abstract Background All patients with liver cirrhosis are recommended to undergo an evaluation of esophageal varices (EV to assess their risk of bleeding. Predicting the presence of EV through non-invasive means may reduce a large number of unnecessary endoscopies. This study was designed to develop a predictive model for varices in patients with Hepatitis B virus-related cirrhosis. Methods The retrospective analysis was performed in 146 patients with Hepatitis B virus-related cirrhosis. The data were assessed by univariate analysis and a multivariate logistic regression analysis. In addition, the receiver operating characteristic curves were also applied to calculate and compare the accuracy of the model and other single parameters for the diagnosis of esophageal varices. Results We found the prevalence of EV in patients with Hepatitis B virus-related cirrhosis to be 74.7%. In addition, platelet count, spleen width, portal vein diameter and platelet count/spleen width ratio were significantly associated with the presence of esophageal varices on univariate analysis. A multivariate analysis revealed that only the spleen width and portal vein diameter were independent risk factors. The area under the receiver operating characteristic curve of regression function (RF model, which was composed of the spleen width and portal vein diameter, was higher than that of the platelet count. With a cut-off value of 0.3631, the RF model had an excellent sensitivity of 87.2% and an acceptable specificity of 59.5% with an overall accuracy of 80.1%. Conclusion Our data suggest that portal vein diameter and spleen width rather than platelet count may predict the presence of varices in patients with Hepatitis B virus-related cirrhosis, and that the RF model may help physicians to identify patients who would most likely benefit from screenings for EV.

  2. Post-gastrectomy spleen enlargement and esophageal varices: Distal vs total gastrectomy

    Takatsugu; Oida; Kenji; Mimatsu; Hisao; Kano; Atsushi; Kawasaki; Youichi; Kuboi; Nobutada; Fukino; Sadao; Amano


    AIM: To study the relationship between platelet count-to-spleen diameter ratio and post-gastrectomy esopha-geal varices (EVs) development in patients without liver cirrhosis or hepatitis. METHODS: We retrospectively studied 92 patients who underwent gastrectomy. They were divided into 2 groups on the basis of the surgical treatment: the distal gastrectomy (DG) group and total gastrectomy (TG) group. The incidence of EVs was determined and postoperative platelet counts, spleen diameters, and platelet count-t...

  3. Meta-analysis of capsule endoscopy in patients diagnosed or suspected with esophageal varices

    Daniel; Ahn; Praveen; Guturu


    The PillCam ESO(Given Imaging,Israel) or esophageal capsule endoscopy(ECE) is a novel technique used in the diagnostic evaluation of esophagus.Many studies have been performed to compare the accuracy of ECE against the current gold standard esophagogastro-duodenoscopy and a meta-analysis recently published by Lu et al suggests that ECE may have an acceptable sensitivity and specificity in detecting esophageal varices.We would like to discuss the importance and implication of publication bias in this meta-an...

  4. Value of portal venous system radiological indices in predicting esophageal varices

    Gaduputi V


    who had varices as compared with 7.03 for those who did not. The mean of ratios of portal vein to splenic vein diameters in patients with varices was 1.27 (±0.2, while it was 1.5 (±0.23 in those without varices. This difference was statistically significant (P<0.001. The mean of the gradients between the portal vein and splenic vein diameters was 2.7 (±2 mm for patients with varices as compared with 5 (±1.8 mm in those without varices. This difference was also statistically different (P<0.001. These correlations were statistically significant even after controlling for age, sex, and MELD. These radiological indices also had statistically significant correlations with the presence of gastric varices (P=0.018 for the ratio and P=0.01 for the gradient. A discriminant function analysis was performed that generated the equation: D = 2.68 (ratio of portal vein to splenic vein diameters + 0.187 (gradient of portal vein to splenic vein diameters, in mm - 4.152. This equation had a very high sensitivity, of 95%, but low specificity, of 26.3%, in predicting the presence of esophageal varices.Conclusion: Both venous diameter ratio (portal vein size/splenic vein size and venous diameter gradient in mm (portal vein size – splenic vein size calculated from CTs of the abdomen were good predictors of presence of esophageal varices. These parameters might be useful in stratifying patients at risk of developing esophageal varices who are poor candidates for endoscopic evaluation.Keywords: portal vein diameter, splenic vein diameter, portal hypertension, portal vein to splenic vein ratio, portosplenic venous size gradient

  5. Diagnostic non-invasive model of large risky esophageal varices in cirrhotic hepatitis C virus patients

    Elalfy, Hatem; Elsherbiny, Walid; Abdel Rahman, Ashraf; Elhammady, Dina; Shaltout, Shaker Wagih; Elsamanoudy, Ayman Z; El Deek, Bassem


    AIM To build a diagnostic non-invasive model for screening of large varices in cirrhotic hepatitis C virus (HCV) patients. METHODS This study was conducted on 124 post-HCV cirrhotic patients presenting to the clinics of the Endemic Medicine Department at Mansoura University Hospital for evaluation before HCV antiviral therapy: 78 were Child A and 46 were Child B (score ≤ 8). Inclusion criteria for patients enrolled in this study was presence of cirrhotic HCV (diagnosed by either biopsy or fulfillment of clinical basis). Exclusion criteria consisted of patients with other etiologies of liver cirrhosis, e.g., hepatitis B virus and patients with high MELD score on transplant list. All patients were subjected to full medical record, full basic investigations, endoscopy, and computed tomography (CT), and then divided into groups with no varices, small varices, or large risky varices. In addition, values of Fibrosis-4 score (FIB-4), aminotransferase-to-platelet ratio index (APRI), and platelet count/splenic diameter ratio (PC/SD) were also calculated. RESULTS Detection of large varies is a multi-factorial process, affected by many variables. Choosing binary logistic regression, dependent factors were either large or small varices while independent factors included CT variables such coronary vein diameter, portal vein (PV) diameter, lieno-renal shunt and other laboratory non-invasive variables namely FIB-4, APRI, and platelet count/splenic diameter. Receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve was plotted to determine the accuracy of non-invasive parameters for predicting the presence of large esophageal varices and the area under the ROC curve for each one of these parameters was obtained. A model was established and the best model for prediction of large risky esophageal varices used both PC/SD and PV diameter (75% accuracy), while the logistic model equation was shown to be (PV diameter × -0.256) plus (PC/SD × -0.006) plus (8.155). Values nearing 2 or more denote

  6. Cost saving by reloading the multiband ligator in endoscopic esophageal variceal ligation: A proposal for developing countries

    Zaigham Abbas; Lubna Rizvi; Umair Syed Ahmed; Khalid Mumtaz; Wasim Jafri


    AIM: To assess the cost savings of reloading the multiband ligator in endoscopic esophageal variceal ligation (EVL) used on the same patient for subsequent sessions,METHODS: This single centre retrospective descriptive study analysed patients undergoing variceal ligation at a tertiary care centre between 1st January, 2003 and 30th June, 2006. The multiband ligator was reloaded with six hemorrhoidal bands using hemorrhoidal ligator for the second and subsequent sessions. Analysis of cost saving was done for the number of follow-up sessions for the variceal eradication.RESULTS: A total of 261 patients underwent at least one session of endoscopic esophageal variceal ligation between January 2003 and June 2006. Out of 261, 108 patients (males 67) agreed to follow the eradication program and underwent repeated sessions. A total of 304 sessions was performed with 2.81 sessions per patient on average. Thirty-two patients could not complete the programm. In 76 patients (70%), variceal obliteration was achieved. The ratio of the costs for the session with reloaded ligator versus a session with a new ligator was 1:2.37. Among the patients who completed esophageal varices eradication, cost saving with reloaded ligator was 58%.CONCLUSION: EVL using reloaded multiband ligators for the follow-up sessions on patients undergoing variceal eradication is a cost saving procedure. Reloading the ligator thus is recommended especially for developing countries where most of the patients are not health insured.

  7. Esophageal Stent for Refractory Variceal Bleeding: A Systemic Review and Meta-Analysis

    Xiao-Dong Shao


    Full Text Available Background. Preliminary studies suggest that covered self-expandable metal stents may be helpful in controlling esophageal variceal bleeding. Aims. To evaluate the effectiveness and safety of esophageal stent in refractory variceal bleeding in a systematic review and meta-analysis. Methods. A comprehensive literature search was conducted on PubMed, EMBASE, and Cochrane Library covering the period from January 1970 to December 2015. Data were selected and abstracted from eligible studies and were pooled using a random-effects model. Heterogeneity was assessed using I2 test. Results. Five studies involving 80 patients were included in the analysis. The age of patients ranged from 18 to 91 years. The mean duration of follow-up was 46.8 d (range, 30–60 d. The success rate of stent deployment was 96.7% (95% CI: 91.6%–99.5% and complete response to esophageal stenting was in 93.9% (95% CI: 82.2%–99.6%. The incidence of rebleeding was 13.2% (95% CI: 1.8%–32.8% and the overall mortality was 34.5% (95% CI: 24.8%–44.8%. Most of patients (87.4% died from hepatic or multiple organ failure, and only 12.6% of patients died from uncontrolled bleeding. There was no stent-related complication reported and the incidence of stent migration was 21.6% (95% CI: 4.7%–46.1%. Conclusion. Esophageal stent may be considered in patients with variceal bleeding refractory to conventional therapy.

  8. Somatostatin analogues for acute bleeding oesophageal varices

    Gøtzsche, Peter C.; Hrobjartsson, A.


    or recent bleeding from oesophageal varices. DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS: The outcome measures extracted were: mortality, blood transfusions, use of balloon tamponade, initial haemostasis and rebleeding. Intention-to-treat analyses including all randomised patients were conducted if possible; a random...... it was substantially reduced in the other trials, relative risk 0.36 (0.19 to 0.68). Use of balloon tamponade was rarely reported. AUTHORS' CONCLUSIONS: The need for blood transfusions corresponded to one half unit of blood saved per patient. It is doubtful whether this effect is worthwhile. The findings do...

  9. Therapeutic approach to "downhill" esophageal varices bleeding due to superior vena cava syndrome in Behcet's disease: a case report

    Haghighi Mahshid


    Full Text Available Abstract Background One of the rare presentations of superior vena cava syndrome is bleeding of "downhill" esophageal varices (DEV and different approaches have been used to control it. This is a case report whose DEV was eradicated by band ligation for the first time. Case presentation We report a 42-year-old man who is a known case of Behcet's disease. The patient's first presentation was superior vena cava syndrome due to thrombosis followed by bipolar ulcers and arthralgia. He received warfarin, prednisolone and azathioprine. The clinical course of the patient was complicated by one episode of hematemesis without abdominal pain when the patient's PT was in therapeutic range. After resuscitation and correction of PT with fresh frozen plasma transfusion, upper gastrointestinal endoscopy was done. Prominent varices were seen in the upper third of the esophagus, tapering to the middle part without acute bleeding. Stomach and duodenum were normal. Color ultrasonography evaluation of the portal, hepatic and splenic veins was negative for thrombosis. Band ligation was done and the patient's bleeding did not recur. Conclusion Band ligation is a safe and effective method for controlling DEV bleeding in patients with uncorrectable underlying disorders.

  10. Analysis of the treatment effect on recurrent bleeding and death in patients with cirrhosis and esophageal varices

    Thomsen, B L; Sørensen, T I


    Multiple recurrences of bleeding with high mortality in cirrhosis with esophageal varices have been inadequately analyzed in previous trials. We propose analysis by the multistage competing-risks model, specifying the effect on overall mortality as an effect on mortality during bleeding, rate...

  11. Role of Self-Expandable Metal Stents in Acute Variceal Bleeding

    Fuad Maufa


    Full Text Available Acute variceal bleeding continues to be associated with significant mortality. Current standard of care combines hemodynamic stabilization, antibiotic prophylaxis, pharmacological agents, and endoscopic treatment. Rescue therapies using balloon tamponade or transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt are implemented when first-line therapy fails. Rescue therapies have many limitations and are contraindicated in some cases. Placement of fully covered self-expandable metallic stent is a promising therapeutic technique that can be used to control bleeding in cases of refractory esophageal bleeding as an alternative to balloon tamponade. These stents can be left in place for as long as two weeks, allowing for improvement in liver function and institution of a more definitive treatment.

  12. Endoscopic sclerotherapy compared with no specific treatment for the primary prevention of bleeding from esophageal varices. A randomized controlled multicentre trial [ISRCTN03215899].

    H.R. van Buuren (Henk); M.C. Rasch (Marijke); P.L. Batenburg (Piet); C.L. Bolwerk (Clemens); J.J. Nicolai (Jan); S.D.J. Werf, van der (Sjoerd); J. Scherpenisse (Joost); J. van Hattum (Jan); E.A. Rauws (Erik); S.W. Schalm (Solko); L.R. Arends (Lidia)


    textabstractBACKGROUND: Since esophageal variceal bleeding is associated with a high mortality rate, prevention of bleeding might be expected to result in improved survival. The first trials to evaluate prophylactic sclerotherapy found a marked beneficial effect of prophylactic tre

  13. Self-Expandable Metal Stents for Persisting Esophageal Variceal Bleeding after Band Ligation or Injection-Therapy: A Retrospective Study.

    Martin Müller

    Full Text Available Despite a pronounced reduction of lethality rates due to upper gastrointestinal bleeding, esophageal variceal bleeding remains a challenge for the endoscopist and still accounts for a mortality rate of up to 40% within the first 6 weeks. A relevant proportion of patients with esophageal variceal bleeding remains refractory to standard therapy, thus making a call for additional tools to achieve hemostasis. Self-expandable metal stents (SEMS incorporate such a tool.We evaluated a total number of 582 patients admitted to our endoscopy unit with the diagnosis "gastrointestinal bleeding" according to our documentation software between 2011 and 2014. 82 patients suffered from esophageal variceal bleeding, out of which 11 cases were refractory to standard therapy leading to SEMS application. Patients with esophageal malignancy, fistula, or stricture and a non-esophageal variceal bleeding source were excluded from the analysis. A retrospective analysis reporting a series of clinically relevant parameters in combination with bleeding control rates and adverse events was performed.The initial bleeding control rate after SEMS application was 100%. Despite this success, we observed a 27% mortality rate within the first 42 days. All of these patients died due to non-directly hemorrhage-associated reasons. The majority of patients exhibited an extensive demand of medical care with prolonged hospital stay. Common complications were hepatic decompensation, pulmonary infection and decline of renal function. Interestingly, we found in 7 out of 11 patients (63.6% stent dislocation at time of control endoscopy 24 h after hemostasis or at time of stent removal. The presence of hiatal hernia did not affect obviously stent dislocation rates. Refractory patients had significantly longer hospitalization times compared to non-refractory patients.Self-expandable metal stents for esophageal variceal bleeding seem to be safe and efficient after failed standard therapy

  14. Evaluation of the optimal condition for transabdominal US in diagnosis of esophageal varices

    Shim, Sung Shin; Shin, Jung Hee; Baek, Seung Yon [Ewha Womans University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    To evaluate whether there is any difference in thickness of the distal esophageal wall in various examination conditions including at rest, during Valsalva maneuver and after drinking cold water and to search the optimal condition for transabdominal US examination in diagnosis for esophageal varix. Transabdominal ultrasonography was prospectively performed in forty one patients with esophageal varix confirmed by endoscopy and underlying liver. The thickness of the anterior distal esophageal wall was measured three times consecutively and calculated the mean thickness at rest, during Valsalva maneuver and following drinking cold water. At the same time, the normal control group consisted of forty four normal patients, and the mean thickness wa calculated in the same method to established the normal value. Data obtained by both measures were compared and analyzed ANOVA and Tuckey multiple comparison. The mean thickness of the distal esophageal wall in variceal group was 5.20 {+-} 1.82 mm at rest, 6.07 {+-} 2.01 mm during Valsalva maneuver, 4.07 {+-} 1.61 mm following drinking cold water. The mean thickness of the esophageal wall increased during Valsalva maneuver and decreased following drinking cold water when compared to the mean thickness at rest. There was a statistically significant difference in the mean thickness measured at rest, during Valsalva maneuver and following drinking clod water among each grade of esophageal varix, grade I (n=19), grade II (n=10), grade III (n=12) (p=0.00, p=0.01, and p=0.01, respectively) Meanwhile, the mean thickness of the normal control group was 2.74 {+-} 0.74 mm at rest, 3.46 {+-} 1.00 mm during Valsalva maneuver, and 2.29 {+-} 0.65 mm following drinking cold water (p=0.00). In order to accurately diagnose esophageal varix and to estimate grade using transabdominal ultrasonography, the maintenance of the same examining condition is essential, and the measurement done at rest appears to be the optimal condition for the

  15. Diagnostic performance of using effervescent powder for detection and grading of esophageal varices by multi-detector computed tomography

    Cansu, Aysegul, E-mail: [Department of Radiology, Karadeniz Technical University School of Medicine, Farabi Hospital, 61080 Trabzon (Turkey); Ahmetoglu, Ali; Kul, Sibel; Yukunc, Gokcen [Department of Radiology, Karadeniz Technical University School of Medicine, Farabi Hospital, 61080 Trabzon (Turkey); Fidan, Sami; Arslan, Mehmet [Department of Gastroenterology, Karadeniz Technical University School of Medicine, Farabi Hospital, 61080 Trabzon (Turkey); Topbas, Murat [Department of Public Health, Karadeniz Technical University School of Medicine, Farabi Hospital, 61080 Trabzon (Turkey)


    Purpose: To investigate the effect of using effervescent powder (EP) on the efficacy of multi-detector computed tomography (MDCT) in detection and grading of esophageal varices in cirrhotic patients by considering endoscopy as the gold standard. Materials and methods: Ninety-two cirrhotic patients undergoing biphasic liver MDCT followed by upper gastrointestinal endoscopy within 4 weeks of MDCT were prospectively evaluated. The patients were divided into two groups before MDCT. The first group (n = 50) received effervescent powder (EP) before and during MDCT procedure and the second group did not receive (n = 42). The presence, size and grade of the esophageal varices were evaluated. MDCT findings were compared with endoscopic results. The sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value (PPV), negative predictive value (NPV) and accuracy of MDCT with EP and without EP were calculated and compared. Correlations between the grades of the varices for each group based on MDCT imaging and endoscopic grading were also evaluated. Results: The sensitivity, specificity, accuracy, PPV, and NPV of MDCT were 100%, 88%, 96%, 94%, and 100%, respectively, in the EP group, whereas they were 76%, 67%, 74%, 89%, and 43%, respectively, in the non-EP group. Correlations between the grades of the esophageal varices on MDCT and endoscopy were significant in both groups (r = 0.94, p < 0.001 for EP group and r = 0.70, p < 0.001 for non-EP group). Conclusion: During periodic CT scanning of cirrhotic patients, use of EP increases the success rate of MDCT for detection and grading of esophageal varices.

  16. Evaluation of portosystemic collaterals by MDCT-MPR imaging for management of hemorrhagic esophageal varices

    Kodama, Hideaki [Department of Medicine and Molecular Science, Division of Frontier Medical Science, Graduate School of Biomedical Science, Hiroshima University, 1-2-3 Kasumi, Minami-ku, Hiroshima 734-8551 (Japan); Aikata, Hiroshi, E-mail: [Department of Medicine and Molecular Science, Division of Frontier Medical Science, Graduate School of Biomedical Science, Hiroshima University, 1-2-3 Kasumi, Minami-ku, Hiroshima 734-8551 (Japan); Takaki, Shintaro; Azakami, Takahiro; Katamura, Yoshio; Kawaoka, Tomokazu; Hiramatsu, Akira; Waki, Koji; Imamura, Michio; Kawakami, Yoshiiku; Takahashi, Shoichi [Department of Medicine and Molecular Science, Division of Frontier Medical Science, Graduate School of Biomedical Science, Hiroshima University, 1-2-3 Kasumi, Minami-ku, Hiroshima 734-8551 (Japan); Toyota, Naoyuki; Ito, Katsuhide [Department of Radiology, Division of Medical Intelligence and Informatics, Programs for Applied Biomedicine, Graduate School of Biomedical Science, Hiroshima University, 1-2-3 Kasumi, Minami-ku, Hiroshima 734-8551 (Japan); Chayama, Kazuaki [Department of Medicine and Molecular Science, Division of Frontier Medical Science, Graduate School of Biomedical Science, Hiroshima University, 1-2-3 Kasumi, Minami-ku, Hiroshima 734-8551 (Japan)


    Objective: To study the correlation between changes in portosystemic collaterals, evaluated by multidetector-row computed tomography imaging using multiplanar reconstruction (MDCT-MPR), and prognosis in patients with hemorrhagic esophageal varices (EV) after endoscopic treatment. Methods: Forty-nine patients with primary hemostasis for variceal bleeding received radical endoscopic treatment: endoscopic injection sclerotherapy (EIS) or endoscopic variceal ligation (EVL). Patients were classified according to the rate of reduction in feeding vessel diameter on MDCT-MPR images, into the narrowing (n = 24) and no-change (n = 25) groups. We evaluated changes in portosystemic collaterals by MDCT-MPR before and after treatment, and determined rebleeding and survival rates. Results: The left gastric and paraesophageal (PEV) veins were recognized as portosystemic collaterals in 100 and 80%, respectively, of patients with EV on MDCT-MPR images. The rebleeding rates at 1, 2, 3, and 5 years after endoscopic treatment were 10, 15, 23, and 23%, respectively, for the narrowing group, and 17, 24, 35, and 67%, respectively, for the no-change group (P = 0.068). Among no-change group, the rebleeding rate in patients with large PEV was significantly lower than that with small PEV (P = 0.027). The rebleeding rate in patients with small PEV of the no-change group was significantly higher than that in the narrowing group (P = 0.018). There was no significant difference in rebleeding rates between the no-change group with a large PEV and narrowing group (P = 0.435). Conclusion: Changes in portosystemic collaterals evaluated by MDCT-MPR imaging correlate with rebleeding rate. Evaluation of portosystemic collaterals in this manner would provide useful information for the management of hemorrhagic EV.

  17. Portal hemodynamics as predictors of high risk esophageal varices in cirrhotic patients

    Mohammad K Tarzamni; Mohammad H Somi; Sara Farhang; Morteza Jalilvand


    AIM: To evaluate portal hypertension parameters in liver cirrhosis patients with and without esophageal varices (EV).METHODS: A cohort of patients with biopsy confirmed liver cirrhosis was investigated endoscopically and with color Doppler ultrasonography as a possible non-invasive predictive tool. The relationship between portal hemodynamics and the presence and size of EV was evaluated using uni- and multivariate approaches.RESULTS: Eighty five consecutive cirrhotic patients (43 men and 42 women) were enrolled. Mean age (± SD) was 47.5 (± 15.9). Portal vein diameter (13.88 ± 2.42 vs 12.00 ± 1.69, P 2.08 and spleen size > 15.05 cm. These factors may help identifying patients with a low probability of LEV who may not need upper gastrointestinal endoscopy.

  18. The change of portal hemodynamics before and after transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt according to variceal type: gastric and esophageal varix

    Lee, Hee Sang; Kim, Jae Kyu; Koe, Eun Hae; Lim, Hyo Son; Cho, Yong Ho; Park, Jin Gyoon; Kang, Heoung Keun; Kim, Sei Jong [Medical School, Chonnam University, Kwanju (Korea, Republic of)


    To investigae the changes occurring in portal hemodynamics in patients with esophageal and gastric varices, according to variceal type, before and after TIPS. Between January 1994 and after June 1999, we evaluated 22 of 44 patients who had undergone TIPS and endoscopy on admission. In these 22, hepatic venous and main portal venous pressure were measured. On the basis of endoscopic findings, the esophageal and gastric varices were classified as one of three types. Changes in portal hemodynamics in relation to the diameter of the portal vein, mean portosystemic gradient before and after TIPS, {delta}MPSG, and the presence of hepatic encephalopathy and gastrorenal shunt were all evaluated. Endoscopy indicated that there were ten Type-I cases, nine Type-II, and three Type-III. The diameter of the main portal vein was 14.95 {+-} 1.79 mm in Type I cases, and 13.35 {+-} 1.59 mm in Type II. Before TIPS, main portal venous pressure was 31.40 {+-} 6.79 mmHg (Type I) 22.80 {+-}4.26 mmHg (Type II), and the mean portosystemic gradient was 16.10 {+-} 7.0 mmHg (Type I), 11.20 {+-} 5.36 mmHg (Type II). After TIPS, the pressure readings were 25.70 {+-}7.60 mmHg (Type I) and 17.80 {+-} 6.52 mmHg (Type II), while those relating to were 10.80 {+-} 4.94 mmHg (Type I) and 5.25 {+-} 3.67 mmHg (Type II). {delta}MPSG was 6.04 {+-} 2.98 mmHg (Type I) and 5.91 {+-} 3.98 mmHg (Type II). Angiography revealed that the gastrorenal shunt was Type I in 10% of cases, Type II in 77%, and Type III in 33%. Hepatic encephalopathy after TIPS occured in three Type-I cases, three Type-II, and two Type-III. The diameter of the main portal vein was significantly smaller, and portal venous pressure and mean portosystemic gradient before and after TIPS significantly lower in patients with dominant gastric varices than in those with dominant esophageal varices (p less than 0.05). Gastrorenal shunt was more frequent amomg patients with dominant gastric varices. No difference in the incidence of hepatic

  19. Value of color Doppler ultrasound in diagnosis of portal hypertension liver cirrhosis merged with esophageal variceal bleeding

    Hai-Rong Yang


    Objective:To explore the value of color Doppler ultrasound in the diagnosis of portal hypertension liver cirrhosis merged with esophageal variceal bleeding.Methods:The clinical materials of 30 patients with portal hypertension liver cirrhosis merged with esophageal varices who were admitted in our hospital from August, 2014 to August, 2015 were retrospectively analyzed. According to whether there was a history of hematemesis and melena or not before and 3 months after ultrasound examination, and whether was esophageal variceal bleeding or not confirming by the electronic gastroscopy, the patients were divided into the bleeding group (17 cases) and non-bleeding group (13 cases). The color Doppler ultrasonic diagnosis apparatus was used to detect the inner diameter and blood flow rate of splenic vein, portal vein, and left gastric vein. The blood flow volume of splenic vein, portal vein, and left gastric vein was calculated.Results:The inner diameter and blood flow volume of splenic vein in the bleeding group were significantly higher than those in the non-bleeding group, but the blood flow rate was significantly lower than that in the non-bleeding group (P0.05). The inner diameter of left gastric vein in the bleeding group was significantly higher than that in the non-bleeding group, but the blood flow rate was significantly lower that that in the non-bleeding group (P0.05).Conclusions:Color Doppler ultrasound can detect the inner diameter of splenic vein, portal vein, and left gastric vein, and the related hemodynamic indicators, particularly, the inner diameter, blood flow rate, and blood flow volume of splenic vein are effective in predicting the risk of esophageal variceal bleeding.

  20. Analysis of the treatment outcomes of esophageal variceal bleeding patients from multiple centers in China


    This study aimed to investigate the treatment outcomes of esophageal variceal bleeding(EVB)in China.A total of 1087 cases were collected from 19 hospitals in 16 large and medium sized cities across China between January 1st,2005 and January 1st,2006.There were 313 cases(29.0%)of mild(<400 mL),494 cases(45.8%)of moderate(400-1500 mL)and 272 cases(25.2%)of severe (>1500 mL)bleeding.Successful hemostasis was achieved in 89.8% of cases.Seven hundred and eighty-five cases were treated by medication with a hemostasis rate of 91.8%.Seventy-one cases were treated using a SengstakenBlakemore tube with a hemostasis rate of 54.9%.Thirtyseven cases were treated with emergency endoscopic variceal ligation with a hemostasis rate of 83.8%.Seventyseven cases were treated with endoscopic sclerotherapy with a hemostasis rate of 94.8%.Forty-three cases were treated with emergency surgical operation with a hemostasis rate of 95.3%.Sixty-six cases were treated with combined therapy with a hemostasis rate of 97.0%.There was a significant difference(P<0.01)in the successful hemostasis rate between different treatments.The overall mortality was 10.1%,among which 6.6% was directly caused by bleeding.The multivariate logistic regression analysis shows that the severity of bleeding,treatment methods,liver dysfunction and activation of hepatitis were predictive factors for successful hemostasis.Most cases of EVB were mild and moderate in severity.The first-line treatment for EVB is medication.Emergency endoscopic intervention has not been widely available yet.The overall management outcome of EVB has been improved.

  1. Efficacy of β-adrenergic blocker plus 5-isosorbide mononitrate and endoscopic band ligation for prophylaxis of esophageal variceal rebleeding: A meta-analysis

    Shi-Hua Ding; Jun Liu; Jian-Ping Wang


    AIM: To systematically assess the efficacy and safety of β-adrenergic blocker plus 5-isosorbide mononitrate (BB + ISMN) and endoscopic band ligation (EBL) on prophylaxis of esophageal variceal rebleeding. METHODS: Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) comparing the efficacy and safety of BB + ISMN and EBL on prophylaxis of esophageal variceal rebleeding were gathered from Medline, Embase, Cochrane Controlled Trial Registry and China Biological Medicine database between January 1980 and August 2007. Data from five trials were extracted and pooled. The analyses of the available data using the Revman 4.2 software were based on the intention-to-treat principle. RESULTS: Four RCTs met the inclusion criteria. In comparison with BB + ISMN with EBL in prophylaxis of esophageal variceal rebleeding, there was no significant difference in the rate of rebleeding [relative risk (RR), 0.79; 95% CI: 0.62-1.00; P = 0.05], bleedingrelated mortality (RR, 0.76; 95% CI: 0.31-1.42; P = 0.40), overall mortality (RR, 0.81; 95% CI: 0.61-1.08; P = 0.15) and complications (RR, 1.26; 95% CI: 0.93-1.70; P = 0.13). CONCLUSION:In the prevention of esophageal variceal rebleeding, BB + ISMN are as effective as EBL. There are few complications with the two treatment modalities. Both BB + ISMN and EBL would be considered as the first-line therapy in the prevention of esophageal variceal rebleeding.

  2. Acute Necrotizing Esophagitis Followed by Duodenal Necrosis.

    Del Hierro, Piedad Magdalena


    Acute Necrotizing Esophagitis is an uncommon pathology, characterized by endoscopic finding of diffuse black coloration in esophageal mucosa and histological presence of necrosis in patients with upper gastrointestinal bleeding. The first case of acute necrotizing esophagitis followed by duodenal necrosis, in 81 years old woman with a positive history of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, Hypertension, and usual intake of Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory drugs, is reported. Although its etiology remains unknown, the duodenal necrosis suggests that ischemia could be the main cause given that the branches off the celiac axis provide common blood supply to the distal esophageal and duodenal tissue. The massive gastroesophagic reflux and NSAID intake could be involved.

  3. The clinical observation of endoscopic variceal ligation and tissue glue injection therapy in the treatment of patients with esophageal and gastric fundal varices%内镜下套扎和组织胶注射分别治疗食管和胃底静脉曲张患者的临床观察

    王红建; 陈永忠; 冯百岁; 魏岩岩; 李建生


    Objective To explore the therapeutic effects and value of endoscopic variceal ligation and tissue glue injection therapy in esophageal and gastric fundal varices.Methods 184 patients with severe esophageal varices underwent endoscopic variceal ligation treatment,and 32 cases of those accompanied with gastric fundal varices were treated with tissue glue injection therapy.All patients were followed-up for 6-months to observe the therapeutic effects and complication of endoscopic variceal ligation and tissue glue injection therapy.Results The effective rate of endoscopic variceal ligation in severe esophageal varices was 71.74 % ( 132/184 ),the rate of acute hemostasis was 95.00%(57/60)and the rate of complication was 2.17 % (4/184).The effective rate of tissue glue injection in gastric fundal varices was 100% (32/32) and the rate of complication was 21.88% (7/32) (7 cases with refractory ulcers in injection site,2 of refractory ulcers cases with bleeding).There was no perforation and severe infection complications.Conclusion Endoscopic variceal ligation and tissue glue injection therapy have good therapeutic effects in esophageal and gastric fundal varices.%目的 探讨内镜下套扎和组织胶注射治疗食管胃底静脉曲张的疗效和价值.方法 予184例重度食管静脉曲张患者内镜下套扎治疗,其中32例伴胃底静脉曲张者还进行内镜下组织胶注射治疗.随访6个月并观察内镜下套扎和组织胶注射治疗的疗效和并发症.结果 内镜下套扎治疗重度食管静脉曲张的有效率为71.74%(132/184),急诊止血率为95.00%(57/60),并发症(食管套扎部位瘢痕狭窄需行扩张治疗)发生率为2.17%(4/184).内镜下组织胶注射治疗胃底静脉曲张的有效率为100%(32/32),并发症(注射部位难治性溃疡7例,其中难治性溃疡并出血2例)发生率为21.88%(7/32).均无穿孔、重度感染并发症发生.结论 内镜下套扎和组织胶注射治疗食管和胃底静脉曲张疗效良好.

  4. Transient elastography for predicting esophageal/gastric varices in children with biliary atresia

    Siripon Nipaporn


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Transient elastography (TE is an innovative, noninvasive technique to assess liver fibrosis by measuring liver stiffness in patients with chronic liver diseases. The purpose of this study has been to explore the accuracy of TE and clinical parameters in predicting the presence of esophageal/gastric varices in children with biliary atresia (BA following portoenterostomy. Methods Patients with BA status post portoenterostomy and normal children were recruited. Splenomegaly and presence of EV/GV were determined by physical examination and endoscopy, respectively. Aspartate transaminase to platelet ratio index (APRI was used as a serum fibrosis marker. TE was performed by using FibroScan. Data was expressed as mean ± SD. Results Seventy-three BA patients (male:female = 32:41; age 9.11 ± 5.64 years and 50 normal controls (male:female = 19:31; age 11.00 ± 3.31 years were enrolled. The liver stiffness score of BA patients was significantly higher than that of normal controls (27.37 ± 22.48 and 4.69 ± 1.03 kPa; p Conclusions Transient elastography is a useful tool for predicting the presence of EV/GV. In addition, basic physical examination, routine biochemical and hematological tests, are still worthwhile and correlate well with the presence of EV/GV in patients with BA post portoenterostomy.




    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE : Approximately two thirds of patients with decompensated cirrhosis and one third of those with compensated cirrhosis have varices at the time of diagnosis. Therefore , it is essential to identify and treat those patients at highest risk because each episode of variceal hemorrhage carries a 20% to 30% risk of death , and 70% of patients not receiving treatment will die within 1 year of the initial bleeding episode . (1 METH OD S: For this study , patients with cirrhosis with or without the evidence of any upper Gastrointestinal bleed , admitted in the department of medicine , JA Group of Hospitals , GR Medical College were taken. The study was conducted between September 2011 and November 2012 and cases were evaluated on the basis of clinical , haematological , ultrasonographic and endoscopic findings. Total number of cases were 100. RESULT : The prevalence of esophageal varices was 75% in cirrhotic patients out of which 28% had bleeding. The prevalence of gastric varices was 1.33%. The portal vein diameter correlated with the presence of varices while portal vein velocity , congestion index and liver vascular index had no significant correlation with esophageal varices. The Portal vein diameter more than 1.4 cm can predict varices with sensitivity 76 % (p<0.05 and Portal vein diameter more than 1.5 cm can detect bleeding varices in cirrhotic patients with sensitivity 55.56% and specificity 80.70% . CONCLUSION : This study showed tha t duration of illness , spleen size and tense ascitis on ultrasonography and portal vein diameter correlated with the presence of esophageal varices. The duration of illness and portal vein diameter are also correlated with bleeding manifestation

  6. 儿童食管静脉曲张出血结扎治疗%Endoscopic variceal ligation in pediatric patients with esophageal variceal bleeding

    张宁; 于杰; 董丽丽; 毛建新


    食管静脉曲张(esophageal varices,EV)出血的内镜下诊断和治疗,近几年已取得很大进展,并且已经取代外科手术,作为首选的治疗方法。在内镜下食管静脉曲张硬化治疗(endoscopic variceal sclerotherapy,EVS)之后,由Stigmann首先进行了内镜下食管静脉曲张结扎治疗(endoscopic variceal ligation,EVL),在成人目前已有大量报道,但在儿童报道不多。我院1999年1月至2003年12月共有287例患者行EVL治疗,其中小于14岁儿童有7例,并取得显著疗效。现报道如下。

  7. Efficacy of FibroScan in assessing esophageal varices in patients with chronic hepatitis B

    Xiang-hua ZENG


    Full Text Available Object  To investigate the value of FibroScan in predicting the occurrence and grading of esophageal varices (EVs in patients with chronic hepatitis B (CHB. Methods  The clinical data of 563 CHB patients, who had undergone endoscopy in Southwest Hospital of Third Military Medical University, liver stiffness measurement (LSM, measured by FibroScan and laboratory tests from October 2010 to July 2014, were analyzed retrospectively. The receiver operating characteristic (ROC curves and area under ROC (AUROC were generated to assess the clinical value of FibroScan. Results  Three hundred and ninety-six patients with CHB were included in our study. The correlation coefficients between LSM, platelet count, total bilirubin, albumin and the grade of EVs were 0.605, -0.511, 0.523, -0.609, respectively. The LSM cutoffs to predict EVs (G1-G3, EVs (G2-G3, EVs (G3 were 9.9, 12.2, and 17.7kPa, respectively, with the sensitivity and specificity over 60%. The corresponding AUROCs were 0.765 (P<0.001, 0.884 (P<0.001, 0.837 (P<0.001, respectively. Conclusions  FibroScan is a useful and noninvasive tool to predict the presence and grades of EVs in patients with CHB. Though FibroScan may not be adequate to replace endoscopy completely, it would be helpful in selecting patients for endoscopic screening. DOI: 10.11855/j.issn.0577-7402.2016.02.12

  8. A Study of Role of Platelet Count/Spleen Diameter Ratio as a Predictor of Esophageal Varices in Patient with Chronic Liver Disease

    Jayesh Sharma


    Conclusion: Platelet count / spleen diameter ratio is a strong parameter which is independently associated with the presence of esophageal varices in chronic liver disease and irrespective of the etiology. [Natl J Med Res 2014; 4(3.000: 232-234

  9. Esophageal strictures during treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

    Kelly, Kevin


    Esophageal stricture is a rare complication of paediatric cancer treatment that usually occurs after esophageal exposure to radiotherapy. We describe 4 cases of esophageal stricture during chemotherapy for acute lymphoblastic leukemia. All patients presented with refractory vomiting and were diagnosed with radiologic contrast studies. None of the patients had received radiotherapy. Esophageal candidiasis was seen in 2 patients but the remaining 2 patients had earlier systemic candidiasis. High-dose dexamethasone may predispose these children to both esophageal candidiasis and peptic esophagitis. The etiology of esophageal strictures during treatment for acute leukemia is likely to be multifactorial but systemic candidiasis may play a significant role.

  10. Effect of Transfusion Strategy in Acute Non-variceal Upper Gastrointestinal Bleeding

    Fabricius, Rasmus; Svenningsen, Peter; Hillingsø, Jens;


    BACKGROUND: Acute non-variceal upper gastrointestinal bleeding (NVUGIB) is a common cause of admissions as well as aggressive transfusion of blood products. Whether the transfusion strategy in NVUGIB impacts on hemostasis is unknown and constitutes the focus of this study. METHOD: Retrospective...

  11. Black esophagus (acute esophageal necrosis) after spinal anesthesia.

    Román Fernández, A; López Álvarez, A; Fossati Puertas, S; Areán González, I; Varela García, O; Viaño López, P M


    Acute esophagic necrosis or black esophagus is an uncommon clinical entity that owes its name to the endoscopic view of the necrotic esophageal mucosa. It is always related with a critical medical condition and usually has an ischemic etiology. We report the first case of acute esophageal necrosis after a spinal anesthetic for partial hip joint arthroplasty. We discuss the underlying pathophysiological mechanisms.

  12. Acute esophageal necrosis caused by alcohol abuse

    Tetsu Endo; Juichi Sakamoto; Ken Sato; Miyako Takimoto; Koji Shimaya; Tatsuya Mikami; Akihiro Munakata; Tadashi Shimoyama; Shinsaku Fukuda


    Acute esophageal necrosis (AEN) is extremely rare and the pathogenesis of this is still unknown. We report a case of AEN caused by alcohol abuse. In our case, the main pathogenesis could be accounted for low systemic perfusion caused by severe alcoholic lactic acidosis. After the healing of AEN, balloon dilatation was effective to manage the stricture.

  13. Treatment of Rare Gastric Variceal Bleeding in Acute Pancreatitis Using Embolization of the Splenic Artery Combined with Short Gastric Vein

    Lixin Li


    Full Text Available In the acute stage of pancreatitis, sinistral portal hypertension is a rare reason for gastric variceal bleeding. Here we report a 20-year-old female patient with massive upper gastrointestinal hemorrhage 7 days after an episode of severe acute pancreatitis. Computed tomography showed gastric varices caused by splenic venous thrombosis. Emergency endoscopic examination was performed, however tissue adhesive utilized to restrain the bleeding was not successful. Although interventional therapy was controversial to treat the gastric variceal hemorrhage resulting from sinistral portal hypertension, the bleeding was successfully treated by embolization of the splenic artery combined with short gastric vein. Two weeks after the interventional the patient was discharged from our hospital without recurrence of bleeding. Embolization of the splenic artery combined with short gastric vein proved to be an effective emergency therapeutic method for gastric variceal bleeding caused by sinistral portal hypertension in the acute stage of pancreatitis.

  14. A Beginning or the End? A Meta-analysis to Assess the Diagnostic Accuracy of Transient Elastography for the Prediction of Esophageal Varices

    Qu, Yundong; Li, Tao; Ye, Qian; Zhang, Lixin; Wang, Lei


    Background/Aims: To assess the accuracy of transient elastography (TE) in the prediction of esophageal varices (EV). Materials and Methods: The literature search was conducted by using PubMed, EMBASE, Web of Science, and CENTRAL on The Cochrane Library without time or language restrictions. Terms used were “FibroScan,” “transient elastography,” “stiffness,” and “esophageal varices.” The pooled sensitivity, specificity, and other parameters were obtained using a bivariate mixed-effects regression model. Result: Twenty studies (2530 patients) were identified for inclusion. The pooled sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative likelihood ratios, and diagnostic odds ratio were 0.84 (95% confidence interval [CI], 0.79–0.87), 0.68 (95% CI, 0.61–0.73), 2.58 (95% CI, 2.15–3.10), 0.24 (95% CI, 0.19–0.32), and 10.60 (95%CI, 7.20–15.62), respectively. The summary area under receiver operating characteristics (AUROC) curves was 0.82 (95% CI, 0.79–0.86). Especially, for hepatitis C patients, the diagnostic performance of TE for detecting the presence of EV was similar to all other patients with a sensitivity of 0.83 and a specificity of 0.63, but without heterogeneity (I2 = 0.00). For the prediction of large esophageal varices in patients with viral liver cirrhosis, the pooled sensitivity and specificity of TE were 0.82 (95% CI 0.74–0.89) and 0.77 (95% CI 0.65-0.85), respectively, without significant heterogeneity (I2 = 0.00). Conclusion: Transient elastography has good sensitivity and moderate specificity. TE can be used as an effective noninvasive screening tool for the prediction of esophageal varices, especially in hepatitis C patients, and for the prediction of large esophageal varices in patients with viral liver cirrhosis.

  15. Black esophagus: Acute esophageal necrosis syndrome

    Grigoriy; E; Gurvits


    Acute esophageal necrosis (AEN), commonly referred to as "black esophagus", is a rare clinical entity arising from a combination of ischemic insult seen in hemodynamic compromise and low-flow states, corrosive injury from gastric contents in the setting of esophago-gastroparesis and gastric outlet obstruction, and decreased function of mucosal barrier systems and reparative mechanisms present in malnourished and debilitated physical states. AEN may arise in the setting of multiorgan dysfunction, hypoperfusi...

  16. Using Ultrasonic Transient Elastometry (FibroScan) to Predict Esophageal Varices in Patients with Viral Liver Cirrhosis.

    Hu, Zhongwei; Li, Yuyuan; Li, Chuo; Huang, Chunming; Ou, Zhitao; Guo, Jiawei; Luo, Hongbin; Tang, Xiaoping


    The correlation between liver stiffness (LS), measured by ultrasonic transient elastometry (FibroScan), and the presence and severity of esophageal varices (EV) in patients with viral cirrhosis of the liver has not been well documented to date. The study described here investigated the value of using FibroScan to predict EV. Patients with cirrhosis (200 patients: 167 cases caused by hepatitis B virus and 33 cases caused by hepatitis C virus) underwent both upper gastrointestinal endoscopy and FibroScan. Demographic, clinical, biochemical and endoscopic data and FibroScan-obtained LS parameters were collected. The mean LS value in patients with EV (33.2 kPa) was significantly higher than the mean LS value in patients without EV (18.6 kPa) (p FibroScan was 86.4% sensitive and 72.2% specific in predicting the presence of EV, with an area under the receiver operating characteristic curve (AUROC) of 0.84. The sensitivity and specificity for the patients with grade 2 or 3 EV were 84% and 73% (AUROC = 0.86). When FibroScan was combined with platelet count, the overall sensitivity and specificity of prediction increased to 84% and 80% (AUROC = 0.88), respectively, and 84% and 75% (AUROC = 0.89), respectively, in patients with grade 2 and 3 EV. FibroScan alone or combined with platelet count might predict the presence and severity of EV in patients with hepatitis B or C-related viral cirrhosis.

  17. [Usefulness of branched-chain amino acid (BCAA)-enriched nutrient mixture for nutritional treatment undergoing endoscopic treatment for esophageal varices].

    Shibata, Naozumi; Matsui, Hidetaka; Takeshita, Eiji; Yokota, Tomoyuki; Higaki, Naoyuki; Murakami, Hidehiro; Ikeda, Yoshiou; Minami, Hisaka; Matsuura, Bunzo; Onji, Morikazu


    We investigated the alteration of nutritional status in 144 patients who were treated for the first time with endoscopic sclerotherapy or endoscopic variceal ligation during their therapies. The serum levels of albumin, cholinesterase and total cholesterol were compared before and after treatment. The serum level of cholinesterase declined significantly. To investigate the impact of aging on the changes of nutritional status we divided all patients into two groups: (1) under 65 years, and (2) over 65 years. The decline of serum albumin of elderly patients (n=65) was significantly greater than that of younger patients (n=79). A branched-chain amino acid (BCAA)-enriched nutrient mixture for nutritional treatment significantly suppressed the decline of serum albumin in elderly patients. Nutritional treatment with a BCAA-enriched nutrient mixture should be considered during endoscopic therapy for esophageal varices, especially in elderly patients.

  18. Practical Approach to Endoscopic Management for Bleeding Gastric Varices

    Lim, Young Suk [Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    Bleeding from gastric varices is generally more severe than bleeding from esophageal varices, although it occurs less frequently. Recently, new endoscopic treatment options and interventional radiological procedures have broadened the therapeutic armamentarium for gastric varices. This review provides an overview of the classification and pathophysiology of gastric varices, an introduction to current endoscopic and interventional radiological management options for gastric varices, and details of a practical approach to endoscopic variceal obturation using N-butyl-2-cyanoacrylate.

  19. Esophageal variceal pressure is a major predictor of variceal bleeding in cirrhotic patients%食管曲张静脉压力是预测肝硬化曲张静脉破裂出血的主要危险因素

    孔德润; 许建明; 张磊; 郝加虎; 孙斌


    Objective To prospectively study the main risk factors of variceal bleeding in cirrhotic patients. Methods Fifty-seven patients with liver cirrhosis and esophageal varices who had never experienced variceal bleeding were followed up for 12 months. The patients underwent measurements of esophageal variceal pressure by non-invasive endoscopic balloon technique. The endpoint of the study was the presence of a variceal hemorrhage. The relationship between variceal hemorrhage and endoscopic findings including varices, variceal pressure, Child-Pugh status, ascites, and etiology of cirrhosis was studied. Results Thirty-four patients (59.6% ) developed a variceal hemorrhage. In univariate analysis, the level of variceal pressure (P= 0. 001), the size of varices (P=0. 006), and the endoscopic red color sign on the variceal wall (P=0. 012) predicted higher risks of variceal hemorrhage. The multiple logistic regression revealed that variceal pressure was a major predictor of the risk for a first variceal bleeding (OR=2. 817, P=0. 003). The area under the receiver operating characteristic (ROC) of variceal pressure for predicting variceal bleeding was 0. 98, and the variceal pressure cutoff value was 25.3 mm Hg (1 mm Hg=0. 133 kPa) with both specificity and sensitivity of 91 %. Conclusion The level of variceal pressure is a major predictor for variceal bleeding in cirrhotic patients.%目的:前瞻性研究影响肝硬化食管曲张静脉破裂出血的主要危险因素.方法:随访未发生过食管曲张静脉出血的57例肝硬化患者1年.采用内镜下无创性食管曲张静脉气囊测压仪检测曲张静脉压,研究终点为出现食管曲张静脉出血.研究食管曲张静脉内镜下表现、食管曲张静脉压力、肝功能分级、肝硬化病因及腹水指标与食管曲张静脉破裂出血的关系.结果:1年内34例(59.6%)患者发生首次食管曲张静脉破裂出血.单因素分析显示,食管曲张静脉压力(P=0.001)

  20. Acute esophageal necrosis and liver pathology, a rare combination

    Amir Maqbul Khan; Rangit Hundal; Vijaya Ramaswamy; Mark Korsten; Sunil Dhuper


    Acute esophageal necrosis (AEN) or "black esophagus" is a clinical condition found at endoscopy. It is a rare entity the exact etiology of which remains unknown. We describe of liver cirrhosis and hepatic encephalopathy.

  1. Embolization combined with endoscopic variceal ligation for the treatment of esophagogastric variceal bleeding in patients with cirrhosis

    HUANG Liu-ye; CUI Jun; WU Cheng-rong; LIU Yun-xiang


    Background Esophagogastric variceal bleeding caused by cirrhosis is a kind of emergent condition in the clinic. This study was conducted to explore the therapeutic effect and superiority of embolization of gastric fundus varices combined with endoscopic variceal ligation (EVL) of esophageal varices for the treatment of patients with esophagogastric variceal bleeding caused by cirrhosis.Methods Totally 172 patients were diagnosed by endoscopic examination within 24 hours of hospitalization with active gastric fundus variceal bleeding and grade Ⅱ above esophageal varices caused by cirrhosis. Other causes leading to upper digestive tract bleeding were excluded. Patients were randomly divided into a control group (n=82) and a therapy group (n=90) following a random number table method. For the former, embolization for gastric fundus varices was performed, then an EVL for esophageal varices was performed 2 months later. For the therapy group, embolization for gastric fundus varices and EVL for esophageal varices were performed at the same time.Results The rate of emergency hemostasis in the therapy group was 100.0%, higher than that in the control group (87.8%, P<0.05). The rate of early rebleeding in the therapy group was 6.7% while the rate in the control group was 23.6% (P<0.05). No complications related to treatment occurred in both groups.Conclusion Embolization for gastric fundus varices combined with EVL for esophageal varices is a safe and effective method for the treatment of patients with esophagogastric variceal bleeding caused by cirrhosis.

  2. Prevalence of gastric varices and results of sclerotherapy with N-butyl 2 cyanoacrylate for controlling acute gastric variceal bleeding

    Khalid Mumtaz; Shahid Majid; Hasnain A Shah; Kashif Hameed; Ashfaq Ahmed; Saeed Hamid; Wasim Jafri


    AIM: To study the prevalence, predictors and control of bleeding following N-butyl 2 cyanoacrylate (NBC)sclerotherapy of gastric varix (GV).METHODS: We analyzed case records of 1436 patients with portal hypertension, who underwent endoscopy during the past five years for variceal screening or upper gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding. Fifty patients with bleeding GV underwent sclerotherapy with a mean of 2 mL NBC for control of bleeding. Outcome parameters were primary hemostasis (bleeding control within the first 48 h), recurrent bleeding (after 48 h of esophagogastro-duodenoscopy) and in-hospital mortality were analyzed.RESULTS: The prevalence of GV in patients with portal hypertension was 15% (220/1436) and the incidence of bleeding was 22.7% (50/220). Out of the 50 bleeding GV patients, isolated gastric varices (IGV-Ⅰ) were seen in 22 (44%), gastro-oesophageal varices (GOV) on lesser curvature (GOV-Ⅰ ) in 16 (32%), and GOV on greater curvature (GOV-Ⅱ) in 15 (30%). IGV- Ⅰ was seen in 44% (22/50) patients who had bleeding as compared to 23% (39/170) who did not have bleeding (P <0.003). Primary hemostasis was achieved with NBC in all patients. Re-bleeding occurred in 7 (14%) patients after 48 h of initial sclerotherapy. Secondary hemostasis was achieved with repeat NBC sclerotherapy in 4/7(57%). Three patients died after repeat sclerotherapy,one during transjugular intrahepatic portosysternic stem shunt (TIPSS), one during surgery and one due to uncontrolled bleeding. Treatment failure-related mortality rate was 6% (3/50).CONCLUSION: GV can be seen in 15% of patients with portal hypertension and the incidence of bleeding is 22.7%. NBC is highly effective in controlling GV bleeding.In hospital mortality of patients with bleeding GV is 6%.

  3. Tratamento da recidiva hemorrágica por varizes do esôfago em doentes esquistossomóticos operados Treatment of recurrent hemorrhage esophageal varices in schistosomotic patients after surgery

    José Cesar Assef


    ástrica esquerda ocluída e veia gástrica esquerda não-opacificada.OBJECTIVE: To standardize the treatment recurrent hemorrhage esophageal varices in schistosomotic patients after non decompressive surgery. METHODS: We treated 45 patients with schistosomotic portal hypertension who presented recurrent hemorrhage esophageal varices. Performance of abdominal ultra-sonography and arteriographic studies and two groups were defined: Group A: Nineteen patients (42,2% with absence of spleen, occluded splenic artery and patency of left gastric artery and vein, thus characterizing splenectomy at prior operation. Group B: Twenty six patients (57,8% with absence of spleen image, occluded splenic and left gastric artery and non-opacified left gastric vein, showing splenectomy and some type of gastroesophageal devascularization performed before. Patients of Group A were reoperated to carry out the gastroesophageal devascularization and patients of Group B were submitted to a sclerotherapy program. RESULTS: In Group A, one patient (5.3% presented recurrent hemorrhage on the late postoperative period. The esophageal varices decreased in number or diameter in 14 patients (73.7%, disappeared in three (15.8% and remained unchanged in two (10.5%, under final endoscopic evaluation. In Group B, six patients (23.1% presented recurrent bleeding. In four patients the acute hemorrhagic event were controlled. Two patients who underwent mesocaval shunt owing to unsuccess of these methods died postoperatively. Esophageal varices disappeared in 17 patients (65.4%, decreased in number or diameter in seven (26.9% and remained unchanged in two (7.7% after the last endoscopic evaluation. CONCLUSIONS: 1 The gastroesophageal devascularization is appropriated to splenectomized patients, with patency of left gastric artery and vein. 2 A long term of esophageal varices endoscopic sclerotherapy may be an option to splenectomized patients, with occluded left gastric artery and non-opacified left gastric ven.

  4. Guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of acute non-variceal upper gastrointestinal bleeding (2015, Nanchang, China).

    Bai, Yu; Li, Zhao Shen


    Acute non-variceal upper gastrointestinal bleeding (ANVUGIB) is one of the most common medical emergencies in China and worldwide. In 2009, we published the "Guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of acute non-variceal upper gastrointestinal bleeding" for the patients in China; however, during the past years numerous studies on the diagnosis and treatment of ANVUGIB have been conducted, and the management of ANVUGIB needs to be updated. The guidelines were updated after the databases including PubMed, Embase and CNKI were searched to retrieve the clinical trials on the management of ANVUGIB. The clinical trials were evaluated for high-quality evidence, and the advances in definitions, diagnosis, etiology, severity evaluation, treatment and prognosis of ANVUGIB were carefully reviewed, the recommendations were then proposed. After several rounds of discussions and revisions among the national experts of digestive endoscopy, gastroenterology, radiology and intensive care, the 2015 version of "Guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of acute non-variceal upper gastrointestinal bleeding" was successfully developed by the Chinese Journal of Internal Medicine, National Medical Journal of China, Chinese Journal of Digestion and Chinese Journal of Digestive Endoscopy. It shall be noted that although much progress has been made, the clinical management of ANVUGIB still needs further improvement and refinement, and high-quality randomized trials are required in the future.

  5. Endoscopic Variceal Ligation Combined With Sclerotherapy"Sandwich" Therapy for Treatment of Esophageal and Gastric Varices%内镜套扎联合硬化剂“三明治”疗法治疗食管胃底静脉曲张的临床应用

    丁一; 毛晓娟; 李书云; 孙殿佐; 马国荣


    目的探讨内镜下静脉曲张套扎术联合聚桂醇-组织胶-聚桂醇改良的“三明治”疗法治疗食管胃底静脉曲张的临床效果。方法24例食管胃底静脉曲张患者的内镜下食管静脉曲张套扎术和胃底静脉曲张硬化治疗及随访情况,对治疗及随访情况,对治疗效果及并发症进行总结。结果急诊止血成功率100.0%(4/4),早期再出血率4.1%(1/24);早期不良反应发生率45.8%(11/24),并发症发生率12.5%(3/24)。内镜下食管静脉曲张套扎术治疗食管静脉曲张治疗总有效率90%,组织胶注射栓塞术治疗胃底静脉总有效率80%。结论内镜下静脉曲张套扎术联合聚桂醇-组织胶-聚桂醇改良的“三明治”疗法治疗食管胃底静脉曲张疗效较好,两者联合治疗操作简单、近期疗效可靠。%Objective Study of endoscopic variceal ligation combined with poly-GUI GUI alcohol, alcohol-a tissue adhesive poly improved"sandwich" the clinical effect of treatment of esophageal and gastric varices. Methods 24 cases with esophageal and gastric varices in patients with endoscopic variceal ligation for esophageal varices and gastric varices embolization of tissue adhesive injection treatment and follow-up, and to summarize the curative effect and complications. Results The emergency Hemostatic success 100% (4/4), early rebleeding rate was 4.1% (1/24), early incidence of adverse reactions in 45.8% (11/24), the complication rate was 12.5% (3/24). Endoscopic variceal ligation treating esophageal varicose vein treatment total effective rate 90%, tissue glue embolization in treatment of gastric varices injections total effective rate 80%. Conclusion The endoscopic variceal ligation combined with poly-GUI GUI alcohol, alcohol-a tissue adhesive poly improved "sandwich" therapy in the treatment of esophageal and gastric varices better recent effect of combination therapy easy operation, reliable, safe operation, fewer

  6. Two randomized controlled studies comparing the nutritional benefits of branched-chain amino acid (BCAA) granules and a BCAA-enriched nutrient mixture for patients with esophageal varices after endoscopic treatment

    Sakai, Yoshiyuki; Iwata, Yoshinori; Enomoto, Hirayuki; Saito, Masaki; Yoh, Kazunori; Ishii, Akio; Takashima, Tomoyuki; Aizawa, Nobuhiro; Ikeda, Naoto; Tanaka, Hironori; Iijima, Hiroko; Nishiguchi, Shuhei


    Background The usefulness of branched-chain amino acid (BCAA) granules and BCAA-enriched nutrient mixtures for patients with liver cirrhosis is often reported. However, no randomized controlled studies have investigated the usefulness of these supplements in the nutritional intervention of cirrhotic patients receiving endoscopic treatment for esophageal varices. Methods Patients without BCAA before endoscopic treatment were divided into study 1, and those who received BCAA were divided into s...

  7. Percutaneous transsplenic embolization of esophageal and gastrio- fundal varicesin 18 patients

    Gao-Quan Gong; Xiao-Lin Wang; Jian-Hua Wang; Zhi-Ping Yan; Jie-Min Cheng; Sheng Qian; Yi Chen


    AIM: Clinical application and potential complication of percutaneous transsplenic varices embolization (PTSVE) of esophageal or gastrio-fundal varices in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) complicated with portal vein cancerous thrombosis (PVCT). METHODS: 18 patients with HCC complicated with PVCT and esophageal or gastrio-fundal varices who underwent PTSVE were collected. The rate of success, complication, mortality of the procedure and postoperative complication were recorded and analyzed. RESULTS: PTSVE were successfully performed in 16 of 18cases, and the rate of success was 89%. After therapy erythrocyte counts decreased in all of the natunts. 5 of patients needed blood transfusion, 2 patients requiredsurgical intervention because of and 11 patients with ascites were alleviated by diuresis. Among these 18patients, the procedure-related mortality was 11% (2/18),one died of acute hepatic failure on the forth day after procedure, another died of acute renal failure on the fifth day. The patients were follow up for 112 mon exceptone. 13of them died of their tumors but none of them experienced variceal bleeding. CONCLUSION: PTSVE is a relatively safe and effective method to treat esophageal or gastrio-fundal varices in HCCpatients with PVCT when percutaneous transhepatic varices embolization (PTHVE) of varices is impossible.

  8. Esophageal Candidiasis as the Initial Manifestation of Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

    Komeno, Yukiko; Uryu, Hideki; Iwata, Yuko; Hatada, Yasumasa; Sakamoto, Jumpei; Iihara, Kuniko; Ryu, Tomiko


    A 47-year-old woman presented with persistent dysphagia. A gastroendoscopy revealed massive esophageal candidiasis, and oral miconazole was prescribed. Three weeks later, she returned to our hospital without symptomatic improvement. She was febrile, and blood tests showed leukocytosis (137,150 /μL, blast 85%), anemia and thrombocytopenia. She was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). She received chemotherapy and antimicrobial agents. During the recovery from the nadir, bilateral ocular candidiasis was detected, suggesting the presence of preceding candidemia. Thus, esophageal candidiasis can be an initial manifestation of AML. Thorough examination to detect systemic candidiasis is strongly recommended when neutropenic patients exhibit local candidiasis prior to chemotherapy.

  9. Effect of recombinant Factor VIIa on outcome of acute variceal bleeding

    Bendtsen, Flemming; D'Amico, Gennaro; Rusch, Ea;


    BACKGROUND & AIMS: Two randomized controlled studies have evaluated the effect of recombinant Factor VIIa (rFVIIa) on variceal bleeding in cirrhosis without showing significant benefit. The aim of the present study was to perform a meta-analysis of the two trials on individual patient data...... vasoactive drug infusion and Child-Pugh score >8. RESULTS: 497 patients were eligible for the meta-analysis; 308 (62%) had active variceal bleeding at endoscopy (oozing or spurting) and 283 of these had a Child-Pugh score >8. Analysis on the composite endpoint in all patients with bleeding from oesophageal...... varices did not show any beneficial treatment effect. However, failure rate for the primary composite end-point was significantly lower in treated patients with active bleeding at endoscopy (17%) compared to placebo (26%, p=0.049). This difference was highly significant in patients with Child-Pugh score...

  10. New methods for the management of gastric varices

    Hiroshi Yoshida; Yasuhiro Mamada; Nobuhiko Taniai; Takashi Tajiri


    Bleeding from gastric varices has been successfully treated by endoscopic modalities. Once the bleeding from the gastric varices is stabilized, endoscopic treatment and/or interventional radiology should be performed to eradicate varices completely. Partial splenic artery embolization is a supplemental treatment to prolong the obliteration of the veins feeding and/or draining the varices. The overall incidence of bleeding from gastric varices is lower than that from esophageal varices. No studies to date have definitively characterized the causal factors behind bleeding from gastric varices. The initial episodes of bleeding from esophageal varices or gastric varices without prior treatment may be at least partly triggered by a violation of the mucosal barrier overlying varices. This is especially likely in the case of varices of the fundus. In view of the high rate of hemostasis achieved among bleeding gastric varices, treatment should be administered in selective cases. Among untreated cases, steps to prevent gastric mucosal injury confer very important protection against gastric variceal bleeding.

  11. Determination of correlation of Adjusted Blood Requirement Index with outcome in patients presenting with acute variceal bleeding

    Naheed Akhtar; Bader Faiyaz Zuberi; Syed Riazul Hasan; Raj Kumar; Salahuddin Afsar


    AIM: To determine the correlation of Adjusted Blood Requirement Index (ABRI) with the 7th day outcome in patients presenting with acute variceal bleeding.METHODS: All patients presenting with acute variceal hemorrhage (AVH) were included. Patients with previous band ligation, sclerotherapy, gastrointestinal or hepatic malignancies were excluded. Patients were managed as per standard protocol for AVH with terlipressin and band ligation. ABRI scores were calculated using the formula outcome of alive or expired up to the 7th day after treatment. The correlation between ABRI and mortality was estimated and a receiver operative characteristic (ROC) curve was plotted.RESULTS: A total of 113 patients (76 male; 37 female) were included. On assessment, 18 were in Child's Pugh Class A, 82 in Class B and 13 were in Class C. The median number of blood units transfused ± inter-quartile range was 3.0 ± 2.0. The median ± inter-quartile range for ABRI was 1.3 ± 1.1. The ROC curve of ABRI for expiry showed a significantly large area of 0.848 ( P < 0.0001; 95% CI: 0.75-0.95). A significant correlation of log transformation of ABRI with an outcome of mortality was present ( P < 0.0001). CONCLUSION: ABRI correlates strongly with mortality.

  12. Establishment of portal hypertension induced esophageal varices in canine by ameroid coustrictor%门静脉收缩器建立犬门静脉高压食管静脉曲张模型的实验研究

    孙斌; 许建明; 熊奇如; 汪正广; 张超


    Objective To establish the canine model of esophageal variees caused by portal hyper-tension. Methods The model was established in 12 dogs with a side-to-side portacaval shunt, an ameroid constrictor around the portal vein and double ligation and cross suture of the cephalic part of the inferior vena cava (IVC), and the development of esophageal varices was confirmed 6 weeks later by endoscopy and portal vein angiography. Results The mean pre- and postoperative portal pressure were (11.0 ± 1.1) mm Hg and (22. 9 ± 1.2) nun Hg, respectively (P =0. 010). Endoscopy detected mild to moderate esophageal varices in all dogs, which was confirmed by portal vein angiography, and varices was also seen in abdominal wall. Conclusion Canine model of esophageal varices induced by portal hypertension can be established with the procedure.%目的 探讨建立稳定的门脉高压食管静脉曲张犬模型的可行性.方法 12只杂交犬,采用门静脉.下腔静脉侧侧分流术+门静脉主干环置amemid收缩器+下腔静脉头侧双线交叉缝合结扎的方法制作动物模型.6周后,胃镜和门静脉造影检查观察食管曲张静脉形成情况.结果 造模手术前门静脉压力为(11.0 ±1.1)mm Hg,造模后门静脉压力升高至(22.9±1.2)mm as(P=0.010).胃镜发现所有的杂交犬均形成了轻-中度食管曲张静脉,门静脉造影检杳证实食管中下段有曲张静脉形成,同时腹壁形成了肉眼可见的曲张静脉.结论 门静脉收缩器法能成功地建立门脉高压食管静脉曲张动物模型.

  13. FibroScan技术与乙肝肝硬化患者食管静脉曲张程度的相关性分析%Correlation analysis between FibroScan and esophageal varices degree in hepatitis B liver cirrhosis patients

    刘丹阳; 张明香; 李佰君; 许春; 田霞


    目的:探讨瞬时弹性成像(FibroScan)与乙型肝炎(乙肝)肝硬化患者食管静脉曲张程度的相关性,以评价FibroScan对乙肝肝硬化患者食管静脉曲张程度的诊断价值。方法231例行胃镜检查的乙型肝炎肝硬化患者,应用FibroScan检测肝硬度值(LSM)得出轻、中、重度食管静脉曲张分别为119、31、81例,分别作为轻、中、重度食管静脉曲张组,同时检测相关生化指标。结果轻、中、重度食管静脉曲张患者的LSM平均值分别是(17.04±11.73)kPa、(22.63±18.70)kPa、(29.20±19.14)kPa。三组间比较差异有统计学意义(F=14.52, P<0.01);组间两两比较,轻、重度食管静脉曲张患者差异有统计学意义(P<0.01)。结论 FibroScan检测可以用来判断乙型肝炎肝硬化患者食管静脉曲张程度,值得临床推广应用。%Objective To explore the correlation between transient elastography (FibroScan) and esophageal varices degree in hepatitis B liver cirrhosis patients, in order to evaluate the diagnostic value of FibroScan for esophageal varices degree in hepatitis B liver cirrhosis patients. Methods A total of 231 patients with hepatitis B liver cirrhosis receiving gastroscopy were selected, and their liver stiffness measurement (LSM) results under FibroScan examination showed that there were 199 cases with mild esophageal varices, 31 cases with moderate esophageal varices, and 81 cases with severe esophageal varices. They were taken as mild esophageal varices group, moderate esophageal varices group and severe esophageal varices group respectively. Some other related biochemical indexes were also detected. Results The average LSM values of mild, moderate, and severe esophageal varices patients were respectively (17.04±11.73)kPa, (22.63±18.70)kPa, and (29.20±19.14)kPa. The differences of the three groups had statistical significance (F=14.52, P<0.01). In the comparisons between each two groups, the difference between mild and severe

  14. Gamna-Gandy bodies of the spleen detected with susceptibility weighted imaging: maybe a new potential non-invasive marker of esophageal varices.

    Jiuquan Zhang

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Portal hypertension (PH is a clinical sequelae of liver cirrhosis, and bleeding from esophageal varices (EV is a serious complication of PH with significant morbidity and mortality. The aims of this study were to assess the ability of 2D multislice breath-hold susceptibility weighted imaging (SWI to detect Gamna-Gandy bodies (GGBs in the spleens of patients with PH and to evaluate the potential role of GGB number as a non-invasive marker of PH and EV. MATERIALS AND METHODS: T1-, T2- and T2(*-weighted imaging and SWI were performed on 135 patients with PH and on 37 control individuals. Platelet counts were collected from all PH patients. Two radiologists analyzed all magnetic resonance imaging (MRI data, and measured the portal vein diameter, splenic index (SI, and platelet count/spleen diameter ratio. The numbers of patients with GGBs in the spleen were determined, and the numbers of GGB were counted in the four MRI sequences in GGB-positive patients. The portal vein diameter, SI, platelet count, and platelet count/spleen diameter ratio of control individuals were compared with those of GGB-negative and GGB-positive patients on SWI images. The correlations among GGB numbers, the portal vein diameter, the SI, the platelet count, and the platelet count/spleen diameter ratio were analyzed. RESULTS: The GGB detection rate and the detected GGB number by using SWI were significantly greater than those by using T1-, T2-, and T2*-weighted images. The number of GGBs in the SWI images correlated positively with the portal vein diameter and SI and correlated negatively with the platelet count and platelet count/spleen diameter ratio. CONCLUSION: SWI provided more accurate information of GGBs in patients with PH. The number of GGB may be a non-invasive predictor of improving the selection for endoscopic screening of PH patients at risk of EV.

  15. Effects of somatostatin,octreotide and pitressin plus nitroglycerin on systemic and hepatic hemodynamics in the control of acute variceal bleeding


    Objective:To examine the hemodynamic effects of somatostatin(SS) and octreotide(OC) versus pitressin plus nitroglycerin(PN) in the control of variceal bleeding.Methods:224 of patients with acute esophageal and gastric variceal hemorrhage were randomly divided into three groups and treated with SS,OC and PN,and measured their Doppler ultrasound parameters,heart rates,mean artery pressure and cardiac output before treatment,during and after end.A SengstakenBlakemore's tube without aerated was used for the observation of bleeding.Results:The success rates of bleeding control in SS group(80.9%,86.8% and 89.7%,P<0.001) and in OC group (75.3%,80.8% and 84.9%,P<0.01-0.005) were significantly higher than in PN group(51.8%,59.0% and 65.1%) at 24h,48h and 72h,and the average duration of SS(12.7h±6.8h) and of OC(13.8h±8.0h) were significantly decreased than that of PN(24.6h±15.4h,P<0.001),moreover,the side-effect of both SS(7.4%) and OC(8.2%) were more less than of PN(41.0%,P<0.001 and P<0.01).The diameter of portal vein (PVD),velocity of portal vein(PVV),volume of portal blood flow (PVF) and hepatic artery pulsatility index(HA-PT) in three groups were significantly decreased at during initial treatments,but the above-mentioned data recovered from the levels defore treatment when the trcatmcnts had been stopped.In addition,there was a positive correlation between the changes of cardiac output and the PVF increasing at before the treatments or during the initial(SS:r=+0.81,P<0.001;OC:r=+0.76,P<0.001;PN:r=+0.71,P<0.001,P<0.01).Systemic hemodynamic data showed that the heart rates and cardiac output decreased significantly in the patients treated with SS and OC,and the mean artery pressure was unchanged significantly,however,the heart rates and mean arterial pressure increased significantly,and the cardiac output decreased significantly with PN.Conclusions:Somatostatin and octreotide were more effective than pitressin plkus nitroglycerin in the treatment for patients with

  16. Acute esophageal and gastric injury: complication of Lugol's solution.

    Park, Jae Myung; Seok Lee, In; Young Kang, Ji; Nyol Paik, Chang; Kyung Cho, Yu; Woo Kim, Sang; Choi, Myung-Gyu; Chung, In-Sik


    Several new technologies have been developed to improve the diagnostic capability of conventional endoscopic techniques. One of these most frequently used methods is chromoendoscopy with Lugol's solution in the esophagus to detect malignant lesions. This method has been used for several decades and is generally considered as a safe method, only a few cases of side effects having been reported. We describe a case of acute esophageal and gastric mucosal damage after application of Lugol's solution during endoscopy in an 84-year-old woman. Endoscopists should be aware of the potential for adverse reactions to iodine staining.

  17. Successful treatment of giant rectal varices by modified percutaneous transhepatic obliteration with sclerosant:Report of a case

    Hirotoshi Okazaki; Kazunari Tominaga; Toshio Watanabe; Yasuhiro Fujiwara; Kenji Nakamura; Tetsuo Arakawa; Kazuhide Higuchi; Masatsugu Shiba; Shirou Nakamura; Tomoko Wada; Kazuki Yamamori; Ai Machida; Kaori Kadouchi; Akihiro Tamori


    We present a female patient with continuous melena,diagnosed with rectal variceal bleeding. She had a history of esophageal varices, which were treated with endoscopic therapy. Five years after the treatment of esophageal varices, continuous melena occurred. Since colonoscopy showed that the melena was caused by giant rectal varices, we thought that they were not suitable to receive endoscopic treatment. We chose the modified percutaneous transhepatic obliteration with sclerosant, which is one of the interventional radiology techniques but a new clinical procedure for rectal varices.After the patient received this therapy, her condition of rectal varices was markedly improved.

  18. Non-invasive diagnosis of esophageal varices in patients with cirrhosis induced by viral hepatitis%非侵入性检查对病毒性肝炎肝硬化食管静脉曲张的评估

    李焱; 孙长宇; 周言


    Objective To develop a non-invasive method for diagnosis of esophageal varices in patients with cirrhosis induced by viral hepatitis.Methods The clinical data,including results of blood routine,liver function,blood coagulation and color ultrasonography,of patients with cirrhosis induced by viral hepatitis from the First Affiliated Hospital of Zhengzhou University during December 2011 and December 2012 were retrospectively analyzed.Patients with hematopoietic diseases and portal vein thrombosis were excluded,and no patients received beta-blocker,endoscope band ligation,and splenectomy treatment.According to gastroscopic results,all patients were divided into no/mild group and mid/serious group.Correlations between clinical data and esophageal varices were analyzed by Logistic regression method,and receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve was used to evaluate their values for diagnosis of esophageal varices.Results Totally 96 patients were enrolled in the study,30 without or with mild esophageal varices,and 66 with mid/serious esophageal varices.There were significant differences on platelet (PLT),plateletcrit (PCT),platelet distribution width (PDW),alanine aminotransferase (ALT),aspartate aminotransferase (AST),spleen thickness (ST) and PLT/ST between no/mild group and mid/ serious group (Z/t =-2.842,-3.151,-2.549,-3.463,-3.601,-4.360and 11.877,P<0.05 or P < 0.01).Multivariate logistic regression analysis showed that only ST was statistically different between two groups (OR =1.127,OR 95% confidence interval (CI):1.012-1.256,P =0.030).The area under the curve (AUC) was 0.728,and 95% CI:0.628-0.827.With the cut off value of 52.5 mm,the sensitivity,specificity,and Youden index of ST in diagnosis of esophageal varices were 53.0%,90.0% and 0.43,respectively.Conclusion ST measured by color ultrosonography can be used for early diagnosis of mid/serious esophageal varices.%目的 探讨非侵入性检查评估病毒性肝炎肝硬化食管静

  19. [Esophageal aspergillosis in a patient with acute myelogenous leukemia and febrile neutropenia].

    Besa, Santiago; Kattan, Eduardo; Cid, Ximena; Claro, Juan C


    Aspergillosis usually compromises the respiratory system, but can also affect others. We report a 46 yo female with acute myeloid leukemia, developed febrile neutropenia and dysphagia. Endoscopy revealed esophageal cytomegalovirus-like ulcers, but biopsies showed Aspergillus spp. It's important to consider aspergillosis in the differential diagnosis of esophageal lesions in high-risk patients.

  20. Ectopic Varices in Colonic Stoma: MDCT Findings

    Choi, Jae Woong; Lee, Chang Hee; Kim, Kyeong Ah; Park, Cheol Min; Kim, Jin Yong [Guro Hospital of Korea University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    We describe the 2D reformatted and 3D volume rendered images by MDCT in a patient with an episode of acute bleeding from the colonic stoma. This case indicates that the 2D reformatted and 3D volume rendered images are useful to detect this rare complication of portal hypertension, and they help to tailor adequate treatment for the patients with bleeding from stomal varices. Ectopic varices are an uncommon cause of gastrointestinal hemorrhage, but they account for up to 5% of all variceal bleedings (1). Bleeding from stomal varices has been reported in up to 20% of the patients suffering with chronic liver failure with permanent stoma (2). However, the diagnosis of stomal varices is difficult because bleeding from stoma may also be associated with lower gastrointestinal bleeding. To the best of our knowledge, the 2D reformatted and 3D volume rendered images by MDCT for visualization of ectopic stomal varices have not been previously reported in the medical literature.

  1. Post-TIPS change of esophagogastric variceal size on endoscopy

    Kim, Yong Joo; Park, Aw Hwan; Kang, Duk Sik [School of Medicine, Kyungpook National University, Taegu (Korea, Republic of); Shin, Hyun Woong [Andong General Hospital, Andong (Korea, Republic of)


    To evaluate the relationship between endoscopic change in esophagogastric varices and post transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) portal pressure reduction, and to study any difference in post-TIPS endoscopic change between esophageal and gastric varices. Sixty four patients who had undergone pre- and post-TIPS endoscopic examination were analysed. They were divided into two groups, Group 1 (n=3D40) and Group 2 (n=3D24), according to whether they had not or had, respectively, undergone post-TIPS residual variceal embolization. The varices were classified as either esophageal (n=3D54) or gastric (n=3D60). Post TIPS endoscopic change was evaluated as Grade 1 (complete disappearance), Grade 2 (partial disappearance), or Grade 3 (no change). Mean pressure reduction between the pre and post TIPS portosystemic pressure gradient was checked, and statistical correlation between mean portal pressure reduction and endoscopic change in Group 1 and Group 2 was evaluated using the ANOVA test. By means of the X{sup 2} test, post-TIPS endoscopic change between esophageal and gastric varices was also evaluated. In Group 1, a significant statistical relationship was found between endoscopic change and mean portal pressure reduction (p less than 0.001), but in Group 2, no such relationship was found (p greater than 0.05). No significant statistical difference was found between endoscopic change in esophageal and in gastric varices (p greater than 0.05). In patients who had not undergone post-TIPS residual variceal embolization, endoscopic change in gastroesophageal varices correlated significantly with post-TIPS portal pressure reduction. With regard to post-TIPS endoscopic change, these was no significant difference between esophageal and gastric varices. (author)

  2. Tratamento endoscópico das varizes esofágicas utilizando alças pré-atadas confeccionadas com fio de poliamida Endoscopic treatment of esophageal varices, using pretied loop made with polyamide thread

    Francisco Susumu Corrêa Koyama


    em 47 (81,03% doentes. Em 37 (63,79% as ligaduras resultaram em pseudopólipos. Não foram identificados complicações sistêmicas ou óbitos. A ecoendoscopia mostrou trombose nos pseudopólipos formados. No período de seguimento que variou de 4 a 32 meses, observou-se recidiva das varizes em 9 (15,51% pacientes, tratados com êxito por nova ligadura com fio de poliamida em 5 pacientes e esclerose endoscópica em 4. O custo médio de cada ligadura foi estimado em R$ 3,60 CONCLUSÕES: O tratamento endoscópico, utilizando ligadura com fio de poliamida, revelou ser método seguro, eficaz, de simples realização e de baixo custo, no tratamento das varizes esofágicas. Esse método demonstrou também um novo aspecto que é a obliteração das varizes esofágicas, pelos pseudopólipos, sem necrose.BACKGROUD: The elastic band ligation is the method of choice for treatment of esophageal varices. The action mechanism is a mechanical varices compression with thromboses. Based on this concept we developed a ligature method using pretied loop made with polyamide thread for the treatment of esophageal varices. OBJECTIVE: The present study describes and evaluates the feasibility of the treatment of esophageal varices by the ligature method using pretied loop made with polyamide thread and analyzes the local changes of the ligations and the results, concerning safety, efficiency and complications of this procedure. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Between March, 1998 and May, 2000, 58 patients with esophageal varices were treated with pretied loop, made with polyamide thread (26 patients with schistosomiasis, 11 with alcoholic cirrhosis, 9 with hepatitis C, 5 with hepatitis B, 4 of unknown etiology, 2 with hepatitis B and C, and one with Budd-Chiari syndrome/ 42 men and 16 women/ average age of 47,67 ± 13,12 years, range 16-74. A plastic tube was attached to the endoscope tip featured as an accessory working channel, allowing the pretied loop made with polyamide thread to be conducted to

  3. Propranolol or propranolol combined endoscopic treatments for secondary prophylaxis of esophageal variceal bleeding: a comparison study%心得安单纯或联合使用在二级预防食管静脉曲张出血中的疗效比较

    程文芳; 凌亭生; 施瑞华; 陈晓星; 丁静; 陈莉


    Objective To evaluate the prophylactic effects of propranolol, propranolol plus endoscopic variceal ligation (EVL) and propranolol plus endoscopic sclerotherapy (EVS), and to determine the most effective combination for secondary prevention of esophageal variceal bleeding.Methods After hemostasis, a total of 78 patients with esophageal variceal bleeding were randomly assigned to receive propranolol (propranolol group), propranolol plus EVL (ligation group) or propranolol plus sclerotherapy (EVS group), with 26 in each group.All patients were followed up for 12 months, and the rates of variceal re-bleeding, mortality, portal hypertensive gastropathy (PHG), re-occurrence of esophageal varices and formation of gastric fundus varices were compared among different groups.Results During the 12-month follow-up, the rate of re-bleeding in EVL group (30.77%) was significantly lower than those of the EVS group (42.31%) or propranolol group (53.85%) (P<0.05).The occurrence of PHG and fundal varices in patients of EVL group was similar to that of propranolol group, which were both lower than that of EVS group (P<0.05), but the re-occurrence of esophageal varices in EVL group was significantly higher than that of EVS group (P<0.05).Conclusion EVL plus propranolol might be the most effective therapy for secondary prophylaxis of esophageal variceal bleeding.%目的 比较单纯心得安、套扎+心得安、硬化剂+心得安二级预防食管静脉曲张出血的疗效,探寻心得安二级预防食管静脉曲张出血的最佳组合.方法 78例食管静脉曲张出血患者随机分成3组,每组26例,止血后分别给予心得安(心得安组)、套扎+心得安(套扎组)、硬化剂+心得安(硬化剂组),比较各组12个月内再出血率、死亡率,以及各组门脉高压性胃病、胃底静脉曲张发生率、食管曲张静脉复发率.结果 12个月内再出血率套扎组为30.77%,明显低于心得安组(53.85%)及硬化组(42.31%)(P均<0.05);套扎组和

  4. A Rare Case of Acute Phlegmonous Esophagogastritis Complicated with Hypopharyngeal Abscess and Esophageal Perforation

    Huang, Yuan-Chun; Cheng, Ching-Yuan; Liao, Chiung-Ying; Hsueh, Ching; Tyan, Yeu-Sheng; Ho, Shang-Yun


    Patient: Female, 60 Final Diagnosis: Acute phlegmonous esophagogastritis complicated with hypopharyngeal abscess • esophageal perforation Symptoms: Fever • painful swallowing • chest pain Medication: — Clinical Procedure: Drainage • debridement • esophageal reconstruction Specialty: Surgery Objective: Rare disease Background: Acute phlegmonous esophagogastritis is a life-threatening disease that may be combined with serious complications. We present the classical radiological and endoscopic features and treatment strategy of a middle-aged female patient suffering from acute phlegmonous esophagogastritis complicated with hypopharyngeal abscess, esophageal perforation, mediastinitis, and empyema. Case Report: A 60-year-old Taiwanese female presented at our hospital due to fever, fatigue, painful swallowing, and vague chest pain for 5 days. She had a past history of uncontrolled type 2 diabetes mellitus. On physical examination, general weakness, chest pain, odynophagia, and a fever up to 38.9°C were found. Positive laboratory findings included leukocytosis (leukocyte count of 14.58×103/μL, neutrophils 76.8%) and serum glucose 348 mg/dL (HbA1c 11.3%). A diagnosis of acute phlegmonous esophagogastritis with hypopharyngeal abscess was made based on typical computed tomography image features and clinical signs of infection. The patient received empirical antibiotic therapy initially; however, esophageal perforation with mediastinitis and empyema developed after admission. Emergency surgery with drainage and debridement was performed and antibiotics were administered. She was discharged in a stable condition on the 56th day of hospitalization. Six months later, a delayed esophageal reconstruction was performed. The patient has performed well for 9 months to date since the initial diagnosis. Conclusions: Acute phlegmonous esophagogastritis complicated with hypopharyngeal abscess and esophageal perforation is extremely rare, and requires immediate medical

  5. Esofagitis necrosante aguda: análisis retrospectivo Acute esophageal necrosis: a retrospective case series

    R. Ramos


    Full Text Available Introducción: la esofagitis necrosante aguda es una entidad rara. Se reconoce por el aspecto negro difuso del esófago a la endoscopia. Su incidencia e patogénesis se desconoce. Pacientes y métodos: se analizaron retrospectivamente 11 pacientes con esofagitis necrosante aguda desde el punto de vista de los datos clínicos, de laboratorio y endoscopicos en 2 años. Resultados: se analizaron las endoscopias realizadas a 3.976 pacientes, observándose esofagitis necrosante aguda en 11 pacientes. El estado nutricional era malo en 6 pacientes. La resolución completa de la esofagitis se observó en cuatro pacientes. Durante el seguimiento se observó una estenosis en un paciente y un nuevo episodio de esofagitis necrosante aguda en otro paciente. Siete pacientes fallecieron, pero esta elevada mortalidad parece deberse a las enfermedades de base y no es atribuible a las lesiones de la esofagitis necrosante. Conclusiones: la incidencia de esofagitis necrosante aguda en nuestra serie fue 0,28%. La esofagitis necrosante aguda tiene una elevada mortalidad.Background: acute esophageal necrosis has been considered a rare event. It is defined as the presence of diffuse dark pigmentation of the esophagus on upper endoscopy. Its incidence has not yet been established. The pathogenesis remains unknown. Patients and methods: a retrospective analysis of clinical, laboratory, endoscopic, and histological data, and of the clinical course of 11 patients with acute necrotizing esophagitis was carried out over a 2-year period. Results: among 3,976 patients who underwent upper endoscopy, 11 (0.28% with acute esophageal necrosis were identified. Nutritional status was poor for 6 patients. Complete resolution of acute esophageal necrosis without further recurrence was observed in 4. One stricture appeared during follow-up and other patient developed new-onset acute esophageal necrosis. Seven patients died, but no death was directly related to acute esophageal necrosis

  6. 肝硬化静脉曲张套扎及硬化术后近期不良预后危险因素%Risk factors in poor prognosis after endoscopic variceal ligation and endoscopic injection sclerotherapy of esophageal varices caused by liver cirrhosis

    葛秀珍; 王玉明; 郑忠青; 王涛; 王邦茂


    ABSTRACT:Objective To evaluate the risk factors in poor prognosis after endoscopic variceal ligation(EVL)and endoscopic injection sclerotherapy(EIS)of esophageal varices caused by liver cirrhosis.Methods A total of 142 cirrhotic patients with esophageal varices who received EVL or EIS at Endoscopy Center of Tianjin Medical University General Hospital were collected in this study.In order to discover risk factors,some items were analyzed,including gender,age, types of cirrhosis, existence of diabetes, atherosclerosis or splenectomy, serum examination and radiology examination and endoscopy treatment selection. Results The rate of poor prognosis after endoscopic treatment of esophageal varices was 22.5%(32/142),the mortality 2.1%(3/142),9.4%(3/32)in the patients with high risk factors,the rate of early rebleeding and infection after operation was 11.3%(16/142)and 9.2%(13/142), respectively.Single factor analysis showed significant differences in liver function Child-Pugh classification,treatment method,portal vein thrombosis(PVT),ascites degree and plasma bilirubin between good prognosis group and poor prognosis group(all P <0.05).Multi-factors logistic regression analysis showed that liver function Child-Pugh classification and PVT were the independent factors of poor prognosis after endoscopic treatment(both P<0.01),OR values were 4.006,14.06,95%CI 1.742-9.215,3.527-56.113.Conclusion Child-Pugh classification,treatment method,PVT,ascites degree and plasma bilirubin were associated with prognosis,PVT and Child-Pugh classification were independant risk factors of poor prognosis after endoscopic treatment.Good enrolling standard and close monitor after treatment were needed for preventing poor prognosis after EVL and EIS.%目的:探讨肝硬化静脉曲张套扎及硬化术后不良预后的危险因素。方法收集天津医科大学总医院内镜中心行内镜下食管胃底静脉曲张套扎术(endoscopic variceal ligation

  7. Endoscopic sclerotherapy of esophageal varices. A case report Escleroterapia endoscópica de várices esofágicas. Presentación de un caso

    Pedro Juan Vázquez González


    Full Text Available A case of a patient with liver cirrhosis that had been previously diagnosed in the Department of Gastroenterology of the General University Hospital "Dr. Aldereguía Gustavo Lima" of Cienfuegos is presented. This patient came to the hospital with upper gastrointestinal bleeding as a clinical presentation and an evolution characterized by esophageal varices-related rebleeding. A non-surgical treatment with endoscopic sclerosis has been used.Se presenta el caso de una paciente con cirrosis hepática, diagnosticada con anterioridad en el Servicio de Gastroenterología del Hospital General Universitario “Dr. Gustavo Aldereguía Lima” de Cienfuegos. Esta paciente acudió a consulta con un sangrado digestivo alto como forma de presentación y con una evolución marcada por resangrados originados por várices esofágicas, en la que se utilizó tratamiento no quirúrgico, con esclerosis endoscópica.

  8. An Unusual Cause of Acute Upper Gastrointestinal Bleeding: Acute Esophageal Necrosis

    Nikhil R. Kalva


    Full Text Available Acute esophageal necrosis (AEN, also called “black esophagus,” is a condition characterized by circumferential necrosis of the esophagus with universal distal involvement and variable proximal extension with clear demarcation at the gastroesophageal junction. It is an unusual cause of upper gastrointestinal bleeding and is recognized with distinct and striking mucosal findings on endoscopy. The patients are usually older and are critically ill with shared comorbidities, which include atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, chronic renal insufficiency, and malnutrition. Alcoholism and substance abuse could be seen in younger patients. Patients usually have systemic hypotension along with upper abdominal pain in the background of clinical presentation of hematemesis and melena. The endoscopic findings confirm the diagnosis and biopsy is not always necessary unless clinically indicated in atypical presentations. Herein we present two cases with distinct clinical presentation and discuss the endoscopic findings along with a review of the published literature on the management of AEN.

  9. Outcome of non-variceal acute upper gastrointestinal bleeding in relation to the time of endoscopy and the experience of the endoscopist: A two-year survey

    Fabrizio Parente; Andrea Anderloni; Stefano Bargiggia; Venerina Imbesi; Emilio Trabucchi; Cinzia Baratti; Silvano Gallus; Gabriele Bianchi Porro


    AIM: To prospectively assess the impact of time of endoscopy and endoscopist's experience on the outcome of non-variceal acute upper gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding patients in a large teaching hospital.METHODS: All patients admitted for non-variceal acute upper GI bleeding for over a 2-year period were potentially eligible for this study. They were managed by a team of seven endoscopists on 24-h call whose experience was categorized into two levels (high and low) according to the number of endoscopic hemostatic procedures undertaken before the study. Endoscopic treatment was standardized according to Forrest classification of lesions as well as the subsequent medical therapy. Time of endoscopy was subdivided into two time periods: routine (8 a.m.-5 p.m.) and on-call (5 p.m.-8 a.m.). For each category of experience and time periods rebleeding rate, transfusion requirement, need for surgery, length of hospital stay and mortality we compared. Multivariate analysis was used to discriminate the impact of different variables on the outcomes that were considered.RESULTS: Study population consisted of 272 patients (mean age 67.3 years) with endoscopic stigmata of hemorrhage. The patients were equally distributed among the endoscopists, whereas only 19% of procedures were done out of working hours. Rockall score and Forrest classification at admission did not differ between time periods and degree of experience.Univariate analysis showed that higher endoscopist's experience was associated with significant reduction in rebleeding rate (14% vs 37%), transfusion requirements (1.8±0.6 vs 3.0±1.7 units) as well as surgery (4% vs 10%), but not associated with the length of hospital stay nor mortality. By contrast, outcomes did not significantly differ between the two time periods of endoscopy.On multivariate analysis, endoscopist's experience was independently associated with rebleeding rate and transfusion requirements. Odds ratios for low experienced endoscopist were 4.47 for

  10. 内镜下套扎术预防肝硬化食管静脉曲张破裂出血的远期随访观察%Long-term follow-up for prophylaxis of esophageal variceal bleeding in patients with hepatic cirrhosis after endoscopic variceal ligation

    陈光兰; 徐磊; 陈成龙; 朱雅碧; 汪望月; 黎红光


    Objective To investigate the esophageal variceal bleeding,mortality,degree of varices and changes of liver function in patients with hepatic cirrhosis Who underwent endoscopic varieeal ligation (EVL) or received propranolol therapy.Methods One hundred and eighteen patients received either EVL (n=66) or propranolol therapy(n=52).The patients in EVL group were treated with EVL for several times untill varicose vein disappeared.However,the patients in propranolol group received 10 mg of propranolol twice daily at the beginning of treatment.and it was increased to maximum tolerated dose gradually.All patients were followed up for 20 months.The bleeding rate, mortality,improvement of varicose vein and changes of hepatic function before and after treatment were compared between two groups.Results Among 58 patients in EVL group,bleeding was found in 7(12.1%) patients,and 2(3.4%) patients died.Whereas in propranolol group bleeding was found in 14(30.4%) of 46 patients and 6(13%) patients died.There was significant difference between EVL group and propranolol group (P0.05).Conclusions Compared with propranolol therapy,EVL has advantages in decreasing bleeding and mortality as well as improving the degree of varicose vein without liver damage.%目的 观察肝硬化食管静脉曲张患者分别行食管静脉曲张套扎术(endoscopic variceal ligation,EVL)和口服普萘洛尔后的再出血发生率、死亡率、治疗前后静脉曲张程度以及肝功能分级变化.方法 共纳入患者118例,其中66例采用EVL治疗,52例采用药物预防治疗.EVL 治疗组给予多次套扎,直到曲张静脉消失;药物治疗组给予普萘洛尔,起始剂量10 mg,每日2次,逐渐增至最大耐受剂量.对所有患者随访20个月,观察比较两组出血发生率和死亡率、治疗前后静脉曲张程度以及肝功能分级变化.结果 EVL治疗组有效随访58例,其问发生出血7例(12.1%),死亡2例(3.4%);药物治疗组有效随访46例,期间发生出血14

  11. 肝硬化食管静脉曲张程度门脾静脉内径及Child-Pugh分级的关系%Research on the Relationship among the Esophageal Varices, the Diameter of Portal Vein and Spleen Vein, and ChildPugh's Score in Patients with Liver Cirrhosis

    蒋志凌; 陈旭平; 付冰; 陈霞; 付丹


    Objective To discuss the relationship among the esophageal varices, the diameter of portal vein and spleen vein, and Child-Pugh score in patients with liver cirrhosis. Methods The study included 56 patients who had liver cirrhosis between January 2007 and January 2010. We measured their portal vein and spleen vein diameter with CT; used Child-Pugh score to grade their hepatic function; and detected the degree of the esophageal varices by endoscopy. Results There was a positive correlation between the degree of esophageal varices and diameter of portal vein and spleen vein, while no correlation showed between portal vein and spleen vein diameter, degree of esophageal varices, and Child-Pugh score. Conclusion The upper gastrointestinal bleeding in patients with liver cirrhosis can be predicted by the diameter of portal vein and spleen vein, assessment of upper gastrointestinal bleeding based on ChildPugh score should also be taken into account.%目的 探讨肝硬化食管静脉曲张程度与门脾静脉内径、肝功能Child-Pugh分级间的关系.方法 对2007年1月-2010年1月间56例肝硬化患者行增强CT,测量门静脉主十及脾门部脾静脉直径,采用Child-Pugh分级标准进行肝功能分级,并行胃镜了解食管静脉曲张的程度.结果 食管静脉曲张程度与门、脾静脉内径呈正相关,而Child-Pugh分级与门脾静脉内径、食管静脉曲张程度无相关性.结论 根据门、脾静脉内径可预测肝硬化上消化道出血的可能性;在Child-Pugh分级基础上对患者上消化道出血的风险进行评估显得尤为重要.

  12. A New Sampling Method for Spleen Stiffness Measurement Based on Quantitative Acoustic Radiation Force Impulse Elastography for Noninvasive Assessment of Esophageal Varices in Newly Diagnosed HCV-Related Cirrhosis

    Leonardo Rizzo


    Full Text Available In our study, we evaluated the feasibility of a new sampling method for splenic stiffness (SS measurement by Quantitative Acoustic Radiation Force Impulse Elastography (Virtual Touch Tissue Quantification (VTTQ.We measured SS in 54 patients with HCV-related cirrhosis of whom 28 with esophageal varices (EV, 27 with Chronic Hepatitis C (CHC F1–F3, and 63 healthy controls. VTTQ-SS was significantly higher among cirrhotic patients with EV (3.37 m/s in comparison with controls (2.19 m/s, P<0.001, CHC patients (2.37 m/s, P<0.001, and cirrhotic patients without EV (2.7 m/s, P<0.001. Moreover, VTTQ-SS was significantly higher among cirrhotic patients without EV in comparison with both controls (P<0.001 and CHC patients (P<0.01. The optimal VTTQ-SS cut-off value for predicting EV was 3.1 m/s (AUROC = 0.96, sensitivity 96.4%, specificity 88.5%, positive predictive value 90%, negative predictive value 96%, positive likelihood ratio 8.36, and negative likelihood ratio 0.04. In conclusion, VTTQ-SS is a promising noninvasive and reliable diagnostic tool to screen cirrhotic patients for EV and reduce the need for upper gastrointestinal endoscopy. By using our cut-off value of 3.1 m/s, we would avoid endoscopy in around 45% of cirrhotic subjects, with significant time and cost savings.

  13. Chloramphenicol and acute esophagitis in the emergency department

    Chad T Andicochea


    Full Text Available Even with its broad spectrum and low cost, concern over chloramphenicol′s adverse effects limited its use in the United States during the 1980s. Reports from United Kingdom and China in the 1990s demonstrated a low incidence of blood dyscrasias with the topical preparation of chloramphenicol, and showed continued good efficacy and low cost. Today, topical chloramphenicol is being used by some groups within otolaryngology and ophthalmology in the United States. As a result, emergency physicians are once again considering chloramphenicol-induced side effects in patients presenting to the emergency department. To date, there have been no published reports associating chest pain, dyspnea with chloramphenicol use, and there has only been one report of fungal esophagitis associated with topical chloramphenicol. We present a 31-year-old woman, 4 months status post tympanoplasty with a modified radical canal wall down mastoidectomy due to a cholesteatoma involving the epitympanum who had a residual tympanic membrane defect. She presented to the emergency department with chest "burning", with no other symptoms shortly after starting treatment with an insufflated combination antibiotic containing chloramphenicol. After ruling out cardiopulmonary or vascular etiology, she was treated successfully with a gastrointestinal cocktail cocktail for presumed esophagitis secondary to newly prescribed chloramphenicol.

  14. Plug-assisted retrograde transvenous obliteration for the treatment of gastric variceal hemorrhage

    Chang, Min Yung; Kim, Man Deuk; Shin, Won Seon; Shin, Min Woo; Kim, Gyoung Min; Won, Jong Yun; Park, Sung Il; Lee, Do Yun [Dept. of Radiology and Research Institute of Radiological Science, Severance Hospital, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Tae Hwan [Dept. of Radiology, National Health Insurance Serivce Ilsan Hospital, Goyang (Korea, Republic of)


    To evaluate the feasibility, safety, and clinical outcomes of plug-assisted retrograde transvenous obliteration (PARTO) to treat gastric variceal hemorrhage in patients with portal hypertension. From May 2012 to June 2014, 19 patients (11 men and 8 women, median age; 61, with history of gastric variceal hemorrhage; 17, active bleeding; 2) who underwent PARTO using a vascular plug and a gelfoam pledget were retrospectively analyzed. Clinical and laboratory data were examined to evaluate primary (technical and clinical success, complications) and secondary (worsening of esophageal varix [EV], change in liver function) end points. Median follow-up duration was 11 months, from 6.5 to 18 months. The Wilcoxon signed-rank test was used to compare laboratory data before and after the procedure. Technical success (complete occlusion of the efferent shunt and complete filling of gastric varix [GV] with a gelfoam slurry) was achieved in 18 of 19 (94.7%) patients. The embolic materials could not reach the GV in 1 patient who had endoscopic glue injection before our procedure. The clinical success rate (no recurrence of gastric variceal bleeding) was the same because the technically failed patient showed recurrent bleeding later. Acute complications included fever (n = 2), fever and hypotension (n = 2; one diagnosed adrenal insufficiency), and transient microscopic hematuria (n = 3). Ten patients underwent follow-up endoscopy; all exhibited GV improvement, except 2 without endoscopic change. Five patients exhibited aggravated EV, and 2 of them had a bleeding event. Laboratory findings were significantly improved after PARTO. PARTO is technically feasible, safe, and effective for gastric variceal hemorrhage in patients with portal hypertension.

  15. Isolated jejunal varices.

    Bhagwat S


    Full Text Available Isolated jejunal varices are an uncommon manifestation of portal hypertension. A one and a half year old boy presented with recurrent, massive gastrointestinal bleeding from jejunal varices. The bleeding site was identified at exploratory laparotomy. Jejunal resection and anastomosis resulted in complete resolution of the bleeding and there has been no recurrent bleeding over an eight month follow-up period.

  16. Esophageal and gastric variceal bleeding in the prevention of early rebleeding given enteral nutrition value after endoscopic variceal ligation and treatment%食管胃底静脉出血早期给予肠内营养对预防早期再出血的价值

    刘晶华; 邹玉; 常巍


    目的 观察肝硬化食管胃底静脉出血(GEVB)内镜治疗后早期口服营养液对患者降低早期再出血的风险.方法 将78例GEVB内镜治疗后营养不良患者随机分为治疗组(营养液口服组40例)和对照组(常规饮食组38例),于内镜治疗后12h给予进食,14 d后比较两组再出血发生率及肝功能恢复情况.计量资料用t检验或秩和检验,计数资料用x2检验或Fisher确切概率法. 结果 治疗组40例患者在术后14d内无再出血发生,对照组38例中5例发生再出血,x2=5.624,P=0.018.治疗组肝功能各项指标均有明显改善,与对照组差异均具有统计学意义(P值均<0.05). 结论 GEVB内镜治疗后患者早期口服营养液可降低患者早期再出血风险并改善患者肝功能及营养不良状况.%Objective To observe liver cirrhosis with esophageal and gastric variceal bleeding (GEVB) after endoscopic variceal ligation and treatment of early oral nutrition liquid in patients administered to reduce the risk of early rebleeding.Methods Seventy-eight patients with cirrhosis who received therapeutic endoscopy after GEVB and who suffered from malnutrition were randomly divided into a treatment group (oral solution group,n =40) and a control group (regular diet group,n =38).Both of the two groups received food at 12 hours after therapeutic endoscopy.After 14 days,the rates of early rebleeding rate and liver function recovery were compared for the two groups.T-test,rank test,chi-square test and Fisher's exact test were used for statistical analyses.Results Compared with the control group,less patients in the treatment group experienced rebleeding (0/40 vs.5/38; x 2 =5.624,P =0.018); the treatment group also showed significantly improved indexes of liver function (all P < 0.05).Conclusions GEVB after endoscopic treatment with early oral nutrition liquid administration can reduce in the early rebleeding risk and improve function and malnutrition status.

  17. Efficacy of absolute alcohol injection compared with band ligation in the eradication of esophageal varices Eficácia da injeção de álcool absoluto comparada com ligadura elástica na erradicação de varizes de esôfago

    Angelo Paulo Ferrari


    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Endoscopic sclerotherapy is an absolute indication for treating esophageal varices. Re-bleeding is common during the treatment period, before all varices become eradicated. AIM: To compare two techniques of endoscopic esophageal varices eradication: sclerotherapy with absolute alcohol and banding ligation. PATIENTS AND METHOD: Forty-six patients with liver cirrhosis and esophageal varices were prospectively randomized into two treatment groups: endoscopic sclerotherapy with absolute alcohol and banding ligation. Patients were included if they had large varices with signs of high bleeding risk. Informed writing consent was obtained from every patient and the Ethics Committee of Federal University of São Paulo, SP, Brazil, approved the study. After eradication, all patients were followed up to 1 year to look for re-bleeding episodes and variceal recurrence. RESULTS: Both groups were similar except that male gender was more common in the sclerotherapy group. There was no statistical difference regarding variceal eradication (78.3% in sclerotherapy group vs 73.9% in the ligation group, recurrence (26.7% vs 42.9%, respectively and death related to any cause (21.7% vs 13.9%. In the sclerotherapy group more sessions were need to obtain complete variceal eradication. In this group we did observe a high re-bleeding rate (34.8% and more ulcers associated with retrosternal pain right after the procedure. There was no difference regarding overall morbidity and mortality. CONCLUSIONS: Banding ligation requires fewer sessions than sclerotherapy with absolute alcohol to eradicate esophageal varices. Both methods are equally efficient regarding variceal eradication and recurrence during a short follow-up period.RACIONAL: Escleroterapia endoscópica tem indicação absoluta no tratamento das varizes de esôfago. Ressangramento é comum durante o período de tratamento, antes que as varizes sejam erradicadas. OBJETIVO: Comparar duas técnicas de

  18. Efficiency and safety of endoscopic ligation by painless gastroscopy for treatment of esophageal varices%无痛胃镜下套扎治疗食管静脉曲张的疗效及安全性分析

    杨清峰; 张旭; 江泳; 周磊; 张爽; 房玉亮; 黄敏


    目的:探讨无痛胃镜下套扎治疗食管静脉曲张的疗效与安全性.方法:25例肝硬化患者共行35例次胃镜下套扎治疗,其中行普通胃镜组(普遍组)10例次,无痛胃镜组(无痛组)25例次;观察2组患者术前、术中、术后呼吸、心率、血压、血氧饱和度,术后调查患者对胃镜下套扎治疗的耐受情况及医生对手术的满意度,以及术前和术后7 d的肝功能及凝血酶原时间的变化.结果:除普通组术中的舒张压、收缩压高于无痛组外(P0.05);术中操作医生对食管蠕动及视野满意度无痛组明显高于普通组(P0.05);无痛组术后7 d丙氨酸氨基转移酶和凝血酶原时间较术前明显下降(P 0. 05 ) , but the diastolic pressure and systolic pressure in the ordinary gastroscopy group were higher than those in the painless gastroscopy group during the operation(P 0. 05 ) . The alanine aminotransferase and prothrombin time at seven days after operation were significantly lower than those before operation in the painless gastroscopy group;the alanine aminotransferase at seven days after operation was significantly lower than that before operation in the ordinary gastroscopy group. Conclusions: Endoscopic esophageal varices ligation by painless gastroscopy is safe and easy to be accepted by patients and surgeons.

  19. A utilization review of the reinforcement of psychological nursing intervention in esophageal varices ligation%强化心理护理干预在食管胃底静脉曲张套扎术中的应用观察

    林杰; 李雯; 薛淑芳


    Objective To investigate the effect of the reinforcement of psychological nursing intervention on psychological block during the treatment of esophageal varices ligation.Methods A psychological questionnaire was given to 36 patients with esophageal varices ligation,the individualized reinforcement of psychological nursing intervention was given on the basis of different mental state respectively.Results Affer the reinforcement of psychological nursing intervention,the average total integral of the patients' psychological blocks such as fear,pessimism,worry,doubt,tension,depression and irritation was significantly lowered (P < 0.01),which indicated an obvious improvement of psychological conditions ; and there was also an obvious decline in the degree of fear (P < 0.05).Conclusions During the treatment of esophageal varices ligation,effective reinforced psychological nursing intervention can obviously reduce psychological blocks,avoid complications,and increase the success rate of treatment.%目的 探讨强化心理护理干预对食管胃底曲张静脉套扎术治疗过程中心理障碍的影响.方法 对36例食管胃底曲张静脉套扎术患者进行心理问卷调查分析,并针对不同的心理状态给予强化心理护理干预.结果 强化心理护理干预后患者的恐惧、悲观、焦虑、疑虑、紧张、抑郁和烦躁等心理障碍平均总积分均明显下降(P<0.01),说明患者心理障碍症状明显改善;恐惧程度分级明显下降(P<0.05).结论 食管胃底曲张静脉套扎术治疗过程中,对患者实施有效的强化心理护理干预,可明显减轻患者的精神障碍,有助于减少并发症的发生,提高治疗成功率.

  20. Challenges of banding jejunal varices in an 8-year-old child


    Endoscoic variceal ligation (EVL) by the applicationof bands on small bowel varices is a relatively rareprocedure in gastroenterology and hepatology. Thereare no previously reported paediatric cases of EVLfor jejunal varices. We report a case of an eight-yearoldmale patient with a complex surgical backgroundleading to jejunal varices and short bowel syndrome,presenting with obscure but profound acute gastrointestinalbleeding. Wireless capsule endoscopy and double balloonenteroscopy (DBE) confirmed jejunal varices as thesource of bleeding. The commercially available varicealbanding devices are not long enough to be used eitherwith DBE or with push enteroscopes. With the useof an operating gastroscope, four bands were placedsuccessfully on the afferent and efferent ends of theleads of the 2 of the varices. Initial hemostasis wasachieved with obliteration of the varices after threeseparate applications. This case illustrates the feasibilityof achieving initial hemostasis in the pediatric population.

  1. Risk factors for predicting early variceal rebleeding after endoscopic variceal ligation

    Liang Xu; Feng Ji; Qin-Wei Xu; Mie-Qing Zhang


    AIM: To analyze the clinical risk factors for early variceal rebleeding after endoscopic variceal ligation (EVL). METHODS: 342 cirrhotic patients with esophageal varices who received elective EVL to prevent bleeding or rebleeding at our endoscopy center between January 2005 and July 2010. were included in this study. The early rebleeding cases after EVL were confirmed by clinical signs or endoscopy. A case-control study was performed comparing the patients presenting with early rebleeding with those without this complication. RESULTS: The incidence of early rebleeding after EVL was 7.60%, and the morbidity of rebleeding was 26.9%. Stepwise multivariate logistic regression analysis showed that four variables were independent risk factors for early rebleeding: moderate to excessive ascites [odds ratio (OR) 62.83, 95% CI: 9.39-420.56, P 18 s (OR 11.35, 95% CI: 1.93-66.70, P = 0.007). CONCLUSION: The early rebleeding rate after EVL is mainly affected by the volume of ascites, number of rubber bands used to ligate, severity of varices and prolonged PT. Effective measures for prevention and treatment should be adopted before and after EVL.

  2. Improved Survival with the Patients with Variceal Bleed

    Praveen Sharma; Sarin, Shiv K.


    Variceal hemorrhage is a major cause of death in patients with cirrhosis. Over the past two decades new treatment modalities have been introduced in the management of acute variceal bleeding (AVB) and several recent studies have suggested that the outcome of patients with cirrhosis and AVB has improved. Improved supportive measures, combination therapy which include early use of portal pressure reducing drugs with low rates of adverse effects (somatostatin, octerotide or terlipressin) and end...

  3. Spectrum of esophageal abnormality seen on thoracic CT

    Lee, Kyung Hee; Cho, Soon Gu; Jeon, Yong Sun; Jeong, Seok [Inha university Hospital, Incheon (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Hyung Jin [Samsung Medical Center, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    A variety of diseases involve the esophagus including esophagitis, benign or malignant tumors, varices, and esophageal perforation. We reviewed the thoracic CT of these various esophageal diseases, and classified them by similar CT findings. The CT findings were circumferential wall thickening, nodular wall thickening, abnormal luminal dilatation, fistula formation, and mass or mass like lesion. Although CT alone has limited diagnostic ability in esophageal disease, it may have an important role in diagnosing submucosal dissection, fistula, perforation, and intramural abscess.

  4. Natural history of a randomized trial comparing distal spleno-renal shunt with endoscopic sclerotherapy in the prevention of variceal rebleeding: A lesson from the past

    Roberto Santambrogio; Enrico Opocher; Mara Costa; Savino Bruno; Andrea Pisani Ceretti; Gian Paolo Spina


    encephalopathy;13 DSRS and 5 ES patients suffered at least one episode of acute encephalopathy. Five ES patients had esophageal stenoses, which were successfully dilated.CONCLUSION: In a subgroup of patients with good liver function, DSRS with a correct portal-azygos disconnection more effectively prevents variceal rebleeding than ES. However, this positive effect did not influence the long-term survival because other factors (e.g. HCC) were more important in deciding the fate of the cirrhotic patients with portal hypertension.

  5. 强化营养治疗促进肝硬化食管静脉曲张镜治疗患者创面的愈合%Enhanced nutritional therapy may promote wound healing after endoscopic therapy in patients with liver cirrhosis and esophageal varices

    李长政; 李青山; 李雪; 闫军红; 王瑞玲; 蒋仁秀


    Objective To investigate the effect of enhanced nutritional therapy on wound healing after endoscopic therapy in patients with liver cirrhosis and esophageal varices.Methods Fifty patients with liver cirrhosis and esophageal varices were randomly divided into an enhanced nutritional therapy group (n =25) and a control group (n =25).The enhanced nutritional therapy group received one week of enhanced nutritional supplementation,including liver nutritional elements,prior to routine endoscopic therapy.The routine without any change to their dietThe rate of transformation and status of wound healing of esophageal varices were compared between the two groups.Results The ratio of ulcers occurring at the injection site was lower in the enhanced nutrition group than in the control group (16/25 vs.23/25;x2 =5.711,P =0.017).The enhanced nutrition group had only one case of minimal bleeding occurring during endoscopy as compared to the seven cases of bleeding in the control group (x2 =5.357,P =0.021).On average,the enhanced nutrition group required less sessions of endoscopic treatment to achieve eradication of esophageal varices than the control group (3.8 vs.4.1; t =2.069,P=0.044).Conclusion Pre-endoscopic enhanced nutritional therapy may benefit patients with liver cirrhosis and esophageal varices by promoting recovery of procedure-related local tissue injury and occlusion of varices.%目的 探讨强化营养治疗对肝硬化伴有食管静脉曲张接受内镜治疗患者创面愈合的影响. 方法 肝硬化伴食管静脉曲张接受内镜治疗患者50例,随机分为:强化营养治疗组25例,对照组25例.对照组给予常规饮食及药物治疗,每周1次内镜下硬化剂注射治疗,强化营养治疗组在此基础上给予包括肝营养素在内的强化营养治疗.比较两组患者食管静脉曲张转归及创面愈合的差异.结果 患者治疗期间每周复查,强化营养治疗组注射点累计溃疡发生率为64%,明显低于对照组的92

  6. Endoscopic appearance of esophageal hematomas

    Rodica Ouatu-Lascar; Gayatri Bharadhwaj; George Triadafilopoulos


    @@INTRODUCTION Esophageal hematomas develop from the dissection of the mucosa from the muscular layers of the esophageal wall and represent an uncommon condition affecting all ages[t-3]. Although the most common cause of esophageal hematomas is iatrogenic mechanical injury-induced by prolonged nasogastric intubation, difficult or forceful endoscopic intubation, or the result of variceal injection sclerotherapy- some may be spontaneous,particularly in patients receiving anticoagulants[3-6]. Presenting symptoms most commonly include dysphagia, hematemesis, and sub-sternal or epigastric pain[5,9].

  7. A new technique of combined endoscopic sclerotherapy and ligation for variceal bleeding

    Radha K. Dhiman; Yogesh K. Chawla


    AIM: To develop a technique of combined endoscopic sclerotherapy and ligation (ESL) in which both techniques of endoscopic sclerotherapy (ES) and endoscopic variceal ligation (EVL) can be optimally used.METHODS: ESL was performed in 10 patients (age 46.4±7.9;9 males, 1 female) with cirrhosis of liver using sclerotherapy needle and Speedband, Superview multiple band ligater (Boston Scientific, Microvasive, Watertown, MA). A single band was placed 5-10 cm proximal to the gastro-esophageal junction over each varix from proximal to distal margin,followed by intravariceal injection of 1.5 % ethoxysclerol (4 ml each) 2 to 3 cm proximal to the gastroesophageal junction on the ligated varices distal to deployed band. EVL was then performed at the injection site. Similarly other varices were also injected and ligated from distal to proximally. In the subsequent sessions, ES alone was performed to sclerose small varices at the gastroesophageal junction.RESULTS: ESL was successfully performed in all patients.A median of 3 (ESL 1, ES 2) sessions (ranged 1-4) were required to eradicate the varices in 9 (90 %) of 10 patients.Recurrence of varices without bleed was seen in 1 patient during a mean follow-up of 10.3 months (ranged 6-15).Two patients died of liver failure. None died of variceal bleeding. None of the patients had procedure related complications.CONCLUSION: ESL may be useful in the fast eradication of esophageal varices. However, randomised controlled trials are required to find out its relative efficacy and impact on variceal recurrence in comparison to ES or EVL.

  8. Value of transient elastography for the prediction of variceal bleeding

    Ioan Sporea; Iulia Ra(t)iu; Roxana (S)irli; Alina Popescu; Simona Bota


    AIM: To determine if liver stiffness (LS) measurements by means of transient elastography (TE) correlate with the presence of significant esophageal varices (EV) and if they can predict the occurrence of variceal bleeding. METHODS: We studied 1000 cases of liver cirrhosis divided into 2 groups: patients without EV or with grade 1 varices (647 cases) and patients with significant varices (grade 2 and 3 EV) (353 cases). We divided the group of 540 cases with EV into another 2 subgroups: without variceal hemorrhage (375 patients) and patients with a history of variceal bleeding (165 cases). We compared the LS values between the groups using the unpaired t-test and we established cut-off LS values for the presence of significant EV and for the risk of bleeding by using the ROC curve. RESULTS: The mean LS values in the 647 patients without or with grade 1 EV was statistically significantly lower than in the 353 patients with significant EV (26.29 ± 0.60 kPa vs 45.21 ± 1.07 kPa,P < 0.0001). Using the ROC curve we established a cut-off value of 31 kPa for the presence of EV,with 83% sensitivity (95% CI: 79.73%-85.93%) and 62% specificity (95% CI: 57.15%-66.81%),with 76.2% positive predictive value (PPV) (95% CI: 72.72%-79.43%) and 71.3% negative predictive value (NPV) (95% CI: 66.37%-76.05%) (AUROC 0.7807,P < 0.0001). The mean LS values in the group with a history of variceal bleeding (165 patients) was statistically significantly higher than in the group with no bleeding history (375 patients): 51.92 ± 1.56 kPa vs 35.20 ± 0.91 kPa,P < 0.0001). For a cut-off value of 50.7 kPa,LS had 53.33% sensitivity (95% CI: 45.42%-61.13%) and 82.67% specificity (95% CI: 78.45%-86.36%),with 82.71% PPV (95% CI: 78.5%-86.4%) and 53.66% NPV (95% CI: 45.72%-61.47%) (AUROC 0.7300,P < 0.0001) for the prediction of esophageal bleeding. CONCLUSION: LS measurement by means of TE is a reliable noninvasive method for the detection of EV and for the prediction of variceal bleeding.

  9. Endoscopic Color Doppler Ultrasonographic Evaluation of Gastric Varices Secondary to Left-Sided Portal Hypertension

    Takahiro Sato


    Full Text Available Gastric varices that arise secondary to the splenic vein occlusion can result in gastrointestinal hemorrhaging. Endoscopic color Doppler ultrasonography (ECDUS was performed in 16 patients with gastric varices secondary to splenic vein occlusion. This study retrospectively evaluated the role of ECDUS in the diagnosis of gastric varices secondary to splenic vein occlusion. Thirteen patients had co-existing pancreatic diseases: 8 with chronic pancreatitis, 4 with cancer of the pancreatic body or tail and 1 with severe acute pancreatitis. Of the remaining 3 patients, 1 had myeloproliferative disease, 1 had advanced gastric cancer, and the third had splenic vein occlusion due to an obscure cause. The endoscopic findings of gastric varices were: variceal form (F classified as enlarged tortuous (F2 in 12 cases and large, coil-shaped (F3 in 4 cases, and positive for erosion or red color sign of the variceal surface in 4 cases and negative in 12 cases. ECDUS color flow images of gastric variceal flow clearly depicted a round fundal region at the center, with varices expanding to the curvatura ventriculi major of the gastric body in all 16 cases. The velocities of F3 type gastric varices were significantly higher than those of the F2 type. The wall thickness of varices positive for erosion or red color sign was significantly less than the negative cases. I conclude that ECDUS color flow images of gastric variceal flow depicted specific findings of gastric varices secondary to splenic vein occlusion at the round fundal region at the center, with varices expanding to the curvatura ventriculi major of the gastric body.

  10. Percutaneous paraumbilical embolization as an unconventional and successful treatment for bleeding jejunal varices

    Lee-Guan Lim; Yin-Mei Lee; Lenny Tan; Stephen Chang; Seng-Gee Lim


    A 48-year-old Indian male with alcoholic liver cirrhosis was admitted after being found unresponsive. He was hypotensive and had hematochezia. Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) showed small esophageal varices and a clean-based duodenal ulcer. He continued to have hematochezia and anemia despite blood transfusions. Colonoscopy was normal. Repeat EGD did not reveal any source of recent bleed. Twelve days after admission, his hematochezia ceased. He refused further investigation and was discharged two days later. He presented one week after discharge with hematochezia. EGD showed non-bleeding Grade 1 esophageal varices and a clean-based duodenal ulcer. Colonoscopy was normal. Abdominal computed tomography (CT) showed liver cirrhosis with mild ascites, paraumbilical varices, and splenomegaly. He had multiple episodes of hematochezia, requiring repeated blood transfusions. Capsule endoscopy ident i f ied the bleeding s i te in the jejunum. Concurrently, CT angiography showed paraumbilical varices inseparable from a loop of small bowel, which had herniated through an umbilical hernia. The lumen of this loop of small bowel opacified in the delayed phase, which suggested variceal bleeding into the small bowel. Portal vein thrombosis was present. As he had severe coagulopathy and extensive paraumbilical varices, surgery was of high risk. He was not suitable for transjugular intrahepatic porto-systemic shunt as he had portal vein thrombosis. Percutaneous paraumbilical embolization via caput medusa was performed on day 9 of hospitalization. Following the embolization, the hematochezia stopped. However, he defaulted subsequent follow-up.

  11. The clinical results of balloon-occluded retrograde transvenous obliteration in treatment of gastric varices compared with transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt

    Lee, Nam Kyung; Kim, Chang Won; Jeon, Ung Bae; Kim, Suk; Lee, Jun Woo; Jo, Mong; Heo, Jeong [Pusan National University School of Medicine, Busan (Korea, Republic of)


    To compare the clinical results of BRTO in the gastric varices with those of TIPS. From January 2004 to March 2006, eight patients who had been followed up for more than 1 month after BRTO were enrolled in this study. This study compared the clinical efficacy of BRTO with than of TIPS in 13 patients who had undergone TIPS from January 2000 to March 2006. The change in laboratory parameters before and after each procedure and the incidence of rebleeding, encephalopathy, asictes and varices were analyzed after each procedure. In the BRTO group, the level of albumin increased, and the levels of ammonia and the Child-Pugh score decreased. The TIPS group showed no improvement in the liver function. In the BRTO group, the gastric varices were eradicated in 7 patients. Gastric variceal rebleeding and encephalopathy did not occur. However, the esophageal varices worsened in 6 patients. In the TIPS group, rebleeding (n = 4), encephalopathy (n = 7) and a worsening of the gastric (n = 5) or esophageal varices (n = 2) occurred. BRTO improves the metabolic activity of the liver and has a lower incidence of encephalopathy. Hence, BRTO is a good alternative to TIPS in the gastric varices accompanied by a gastrorenal shunt although a treatment for a worsening of the esophageal varices may be needed after BRTO.

  12. Prevention and treatment of variceal haemorrhage in 2017.

    Brunner, Felix; Berzigotti, Annalisa; Bosch, Jaime


    Variceal haemorrhage is a major complication of portal hypertension that still causes high mortality in patients with cirrhosis. Improved knowledge of the pathophysiology of portal hypertension has recently led to a more comprehensive approach to prevent all the complications of this condition. Thus, optimal treatment of portal hypertension requires a strategy that takes into account the clinical stage of the disease and all the major variables that affect the risk of progression to the next stage and death. In patients with compensated liver disease, the correction of factors influencing the progression of fibrosis, in particular aetiologic factors, is now feasible in many cases and should be achieved to prevent the development or progression of gastroesophageal varices and hepatic decompensation. Once gastroesophageal varices have developed, non-selective beta-blockers remain the cornerstone of therapy. Carvedilol provides a greater decrease in portal pressure and is currently indicated as a first-choice therapy for primary prophylaxis. The treatment of acute variceal haemorrhage includes a combination of vasoactive drugs, antibiotics and endoscopic variceal band ligation. In high-risk patients, the early use of transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) lowers the risk of re-bleeding and improves survival. Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt is the choice for uncontrolled variceal bleeding; a self-expandable metal stent or balloon tamponade can be used as a bridging measure. The combination of non-selective beta-blockers and endoscopic variceal band ligation reduces the risk of recurrent variceal bleeding and improves survival. In these cases, statins seem to further improve survival. Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt is indicated in patients who rebleed during secondary prophylaxis.

  13. 贲周血管离断联合食管下端离断再钉合术治疗食管胃底静脉曲张出血疗效观察%Curative efficacy observation to re-stapling technique after pericardial-esophagogastric devascularization in patient with esophageal variceal bleeding

    李杰; 陈萃; 宋子华


    目的 探讨贲门周血管离断联合食管下端离断再钉合术治疗食管胃底静脉曲张出血的疗效.方法 对2008年1月至2011年12月在我院行贲门周血管离断联合食管下端离断再钉合术治疗的58例门静脉高压症食管胃底静脉曲张出血的临床资料进行回顾性分析.结果 58例均为肝炎(乙型病毒性肝炎或丙型病毒性肝炎)后肝硬化门静脉高压症患者,Child肝功能分级:A级35例,B级20例,C 级3例.随访3个月,其中术后发生吻合口瘘5例,吻合狭窄2例,继发出血2例,死亡3例,门静脉系统血栓1例.结论 该手术对近期继发出血疗效令人满意,如果术中及术后处理得当,以减少或避免其他并发症的发生,是治疗门静脉高压症食管胃底静脉曲张出血的一种理想术式.%Objective To explore the curative efficacy observation to re-stapling technique after pericardial-esophagogastric devascularization in patient with esophageal variceal bleeding. Methods From January 2008 to December 2011, 58 cases of portal hypertension associated with esophageal variceal bleeding underwent re-stapling technique after pericardial-esophagogastric devascularization in our hospital, and their clinical data were reviewed and analyzed. Results All 58 cases were diagnosed post-hepatitis (hepatitis B or hepatitis C) liver cirrhosis and portal hypertension and Child liver function classification was as follows: grade A in 35 cases, grade B in 20 cases, and grade C in 3 cases. During 3 months follow-up period in post-operation, anastomotic fistula occurred in 5 cases, anasto-motic stenosis in 2 cases, secondary hemorrhage in 2 cases, and death in 3 cases, as well portal vein thrombosis in 1 case. Conclusion Re-stapling technique after pericardial-esophagogastric devascularization is effective for controlling secondary bleeding. Properly intra-operative and post - operative management can help to reduce or avoid occurrence of complications, suggesting it is an

  14. 强化营养对促进肝硬化食管静脉曲张内镜治疗后创面愈合的作用研究%The Effects of Fortified Nutrition on Facilitating Wound Healing of Patients in Endoscopic Therapy for Cirrhosis and Esophageal Varices

    曾德辉; 曾安详; 王胜炳; 张德强


    目的:探讨强化营养支持治疗对促进肝硬化食管静脉曲张内镜治疗者创面愈合的影响。方法:将136例肝硬化合并食管静脉曲张内镜治疗患者平均分为研究组与对照组。对照组采用常规方法治疗,研究组在此基础上采取强化营养干预。结果:治疗后2周后,研究组创面愈合的总有效率为97.06%,显著高于对照组的83.82%;研究组血浆白蛋白及凝血酶原时间水平明显优于对照组;研究组有28例患者可见注射点溃疡,明显少于对照组的52例;对照组有15例患者出现注射点溃疡轻微渗血,明显高于研究组的4例,两组比较差异具有统计学意义(P<0.05)。结论:肝硬化合并食管静脉曲张内镜治疗者采用强化营养干预,可以有效促进创面愈合的速度,减少再出血风险,改善肝功能。%Objective:To discuss the effect of fortified nutrition on facilitating wound healing of patients in endoscopic therapy for cirrhosis and esophageal varices. Method:136 patients in endoscopic therapy for cirrhosis and esophageal varices were randomly divided into two groups. The control group was adopted the way of normal therapy. The treatment group was adopted the way of intervention of fortified nutrition on that basis. Result:After the treatment,the whole effective rate of wound healing in the treatment group was 97.06%,evidently higher than that of 83.82%in the control group. In addition,the treatment group was better than the control group in the respect of the plasma albumin and prothrombin time. In the treatment group,there were 28 patients with visible injection site anabrosis,which was obviously less than the 52 patients in the control group. There were 15 patients with slight bleeding on injection site anabrosis in the control group,which was obviously more than the 2 patients in the treatment group. The difference between the two groups was statistically significant(P<0.05). Conclusion

  15. Efficacy and safety of terlipressin in cirrhotic patients with variceal bleeding or hepatorenal syndrome

    Krag, Aleksander; Borup, Tine; Møller, Søren;


    Terlipressin is an analog of the natural hormone arginine-vasopressin. It is used in the treatment of patients with cirrhosis and bleeding esophageal varices (BEV) and in patients with hepatorenal syndrome (HRS): two of the most dramatic and feared complications of cirrhosis. Terlipressin exerts...

  16. Doppler assessment of hepatic venous waves for predicting large varices in cirrhotic patients

    Thomas Joseph


    Full Text Available Background/Aim: Color Doppler examination of changes in hepatic venous waveforms is being evaluated as a means of prediction of severity of portal hypertension and presence of esophageal varices. Normal hepatic venous waveform shows a triphasic pattern. In cirrhosis, this pattern changes to a biphasic or monophasic pattern. We aimed to study the sensitivity of loss of normal hepatic venous waveforms in predicting large varices in a cross-sectional analysis. Materials and Methods: All patients, admitted or attending the outpatient department, with a diagnosis of cirrhosis were included in the study. All patients were subjected to oesophagogastroduodenoscopy and Color Doppler examination, and waveform patterns in hepatic vein were recorded. The sensitivity and specificity of changes in waveform in detecting large varices were studied. Results : A total of 51 cases were examined. Triphasic waves were seen in 4 (7.8% cases, biphasic in 26 (51% cases, and monophasic in 21 (41.2% cases. Small varices were seen in 30 (58.8% cases and large varices in 21 (41.2% cases. The sensitivity of loss of the triphasic wave pattern in detecting significant varices (Grade 3 or 4 was very high (95.23% and negative predictive value was also high (75%. Severity of liver disease as indicated by Child-Pugh and MELD scores did not correlate with changes in hepatic venous waveforms. Conclusion : Loss of triphasic hepatic venous waveform is highly sensitive in predicting significant varices in patients with cirrhosis.

  17. Esofagitis necrotizante aguda: Una patología poco conocida Acute esophageal necrosis: An underdiagnosed disease

    L. Julián Gómez


    Full Text Available La esofagitis necrotizante aguda (ENA es una rara entidad cuya etiología es desconocida, siendo el mecanismo patogénico multifactorial, participando fundamentalmente el compromiso isquémico, la malnutrición y la obstrucción del tracto digestivo alto. Los hallazgos endoscópicos muestran una coloración negruzca de la mucosa esofágica con transición brusca a nivel de la unión esofagogástrica. El pronóstico depende de las enfermedades de base. Se revisan los casos de ENA, excluyendo los secundarios a caústicos, recogidos de forma retrospectiva durante los últimos 2 años. Se analizan los factores de riesgo, la presentación clínica, los hallazgos endoscópicos, la histología, el tratamiento y la evolución. En nuestro departamento, se han diagnosticado 7 casos de ENA en 6.003 gastroscopias realizadas en el periodo de estudio, representando así la ENA el 0,11% de la exploraciones.Acute esophageal necrosis is a rare disorder, and its etiology is unknown, the mechanism of damage being usually multifactorial and secondary to ischemic compromise, acute gastric outlet obstruction, and malnutrition. Endoscopic findings show circumferential black discoloration of the distal esophagus with proximal extension ending sharply at the gastroesophageal junction, which is the most common presentation. Prognosis depends on comorbid illnesses. In this study we analyze all cases reported in a retrospective analysis over a 2-year period to define risk factors, clinical presentation, endoscopic features, histological appearance, treatment and outcome. Our department has recorded 7 cases from 6,003 endoscopies performed in the last 2 years. The finding of a "black esophagus" represented 0.11% of cases.

  18. Living-related liver transplantation in patients with variceal bleeding:outcome and prognostic factors

    Mohammed Saied Hedaya; Walid Mohamed El Moghazy; Shinji Uemoto


    BACKGROUND:Liver transplantation currently represents the ultimate therapy for bleeding esophageal varices in patients with liver cirrhosis. It is the only therapy that cures both portal hypertension and the underlying liver disease. The outcome of liver transplantation is thought to be correlated with several factors. In this study, the clinical outcome of living-related liver transplantation (LRLT) was evaluated in patients with variceal bleeding, and the prognostic indicators of short-term survival in these patients were identiifed. METHODS:We reviewed retrospectively 121 patients with a history of variceal bleeding who had received LRLT from 1998 to 2006. The clinical outcomes were analyzed, and the risk factors for short-term survival were deifned. RESULTS:The 3-month survival rate of patients with variceal bleeding was 83.4%, while that of non-bleeders was 87%. Sepsis was the commonest cause of death in both groups. Portal vein diameter and blood transfusion were the only independent prognostic factors for short-term survival among variceal bleeders. CONCLUSION:The outcome of LRLT in recipients with variceal bleeding is based on the improvement of portal hemodynamics, by minimizing intraoperative blood loss and subsequent blood transfusion.

  19. MELD score can predict early mortality in patients with rebleeding after band ligation for variceal bleeding

    Wei-Ting Chen; Cheng-Tang Chiu; Chun-Yen Lin; I-shyan Sheen; Chang-Wen Huang; Tsung-Nan Lin; Chun-Jung Lin; Wen-Juei Jeng; Chien-Hao Huang; Yu-Pin Ho


    AIM: To investigate the outcomes, as well as risk factors for 6-wk mortality, in patients with early rebleeding after endoscopic variceal band ligation (EVL) for esophageal variceal hemorrhage (EVH). METHODS: Among 817 EVL procedures performed for EVH between January 2007 and December 2008, 128 patients with early rebleeding, defined as rebleeding within 6 wk after EVL, were enrolled for analysis. RESULT: The rate of early rebleeding after EVL for acute EVH was 15.6% (128/817). The 5-d, 6-wk, 3-mo, and 6-mo mortality rates were 7.8%, 38.3%, 55.5%, and 58.6%, respectively, in these early rebleeding patients. The use of beta-blockers, occurrence of hypovolemic shock, and higher model for end-stage liver disease (MELD) score at the time of rebleeding were independent predictors for 6-wk mortality. A cut-off value of 21.5 for the MELD score was found with an area under ROC curve of 0.862 (P < 0.001). The sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, and negative predictive value were 77.6%, 81%, 71.7%, and 85.3%, respectively. As for the 6-mo survival rate, patients with a MELD score ≥ 21.5 had a significantly lower survival rate than patients with a MELD score < 21.5 (P < 0.001). CONCLUSION: This study demonstrated that the MELD score is an easy and powerful predictor for 6-wk mortality and outcomes of patients with early rebleeding after EVL for EVH.

  20. Recombinant factor VIIa for variceal bleeding in patients with advanced cirrhosis: A randomized, controlled trial

    Bosch, Jaime; Thabut, Dominique; Albillos, Agustín;


    A beneficial effect of recombinant activated factor VII (rFVIIa) in Child-Pugh class B and C patients with cirrhosis who have variceal bleeding has been suggested. This randomized controlled trial assessed the efficacy and safety of rFVIIa in patients with advanced cirrhosis and active variceal...... events, were comparable between groups. CONCLUSION: Treatment with rFVIIa had no significant effect on the primary composite endpoint compared with placebo. Therefore, decision on the use of this hemostatic agent in acute variceal bleeding should be carefully considered, because results of this study do...

  1. 非选择性β受体阻滞剂预防食管胃静脉曲张破裂出血的研究进展%Advances in Study on Preventive Efficacy of Non-selective beta-Blockers in Patients with Esophageal Gastric Variceal Bleeding

    段旭红; 诸葛宇征; 张峰


    Esophageal gastric variceal bleeding(EGVB)is a serious complication of cirrhotic portal hypertension with high mortality rate. Prevention of EGVB is an important mean to improve the survival of patients. Non-selective beta-blockers(NSBBs)is one of the first-line drugs for primary and secondary prevention of EGVB,however,only about 1 / 3 of cirrhotic patients respond to this treatment when evaluated by hepatic venous pressure gradient( HVPG). This may be related to the genetic polymorphisms of NSBBs’receptors and the metabolic enzymes. This article reviewed the progress in study on therapeutic efficacy of NSBBs and its influencing factors for preventing EGVB in cirrhotic patients.%食管胃静脉曲张破裂出血(EGVB)是肝硬化门静脉高压的常见严重并发症,死亡率高,预防 EGVB 是提高患者生存期的重要手段。非选择性β受体阻滞剂(NSBBs)是 EGVB 一级和二级预防的主要方法之一,但仅1/3患者的肝静脉压力梯度对其治疗有应答;这可能与 NSBBs 受体及其代谢酶的基因多态性有关。本文就 NSBBs 预防 EGVB 的疗效和影响因素作一综述。

  2. Embolotherapy for Gastric Variceal Bleeding from Pseudoaneurysm of Short Gastric Artery: A Case Report

    Yang, Jae Han; Kim, Young Dae; Kim, Dong Hyun [Chosun University, Gwangju (Korea, Republic of)


    The complications of pancreatitis, such as pseudocyst or abscesses, are well known to radiologists. Yet formation of a pseudoaneurysm of the short gastric artery is an uncommon complication of acute pancreatitis. It is also very rare for a psuedoaneurysm of the short gastric artery to cause splenic vein occlusion and the final result is gastric varices. We report here on a case that showed the dramatic effect of embolotherapy for a pseudoaneurysm of the short gastric artery that caused gastric variceal bleeding

  3. Clinical Study of Esophageal Gastric Varices Bleeding Endoscopic Therapy Combined Percutaneous Liver Biopsy of Gastric Coronary Vein Embolization Curative Effect Analysis%食管胃底静脉曲张破裂出血内镜治疗联合经皮肝穿胃冠状静脉栓塞术疗效分析

    余绪锋; 黎振林; 陈广林


    Objective: To investigate the endoscopic therapy (ligation, hardener and cyanoacrylate) rubber injection combined percutaneous by gastric coronary vein embolization (PTVE) to treat esophageal varicose vein rupture bleeding the long-term efficacy of stomach bottom.Method: A total of 38 patients with esophageal gastric varices first endoscopy and enhanced upper abdomen CT portal vein reconstruction. According to the stomach esophagus varicose vein severity by endoscopic ligation, curing agent and the tissue glue injection combined percutaneous liver gastric coronary vein embolization.Result: 10 cases of emergency stop bleeding, 38 patients undergoing elective treatment of 28 cases. The were followed up for 3-52 months, with an average follow-up of 15 months, the recurrence of bleeding in 5 cases (13.1%). Conclusion: Endoscopic therapy combined percutaneous liver gastric coronary vein embolization in the treatment of portal hypertension of gastrointestinal bleeding is a safe and reliable treatment, can significantly reduce the bleeding occurred again on curative effect analysis.%目的:探讨内镜治疗(套扎、硬化剂及组织胶注射术)联合经皮经肝胃冠状静脉栓塞术治疗食管胃底曲张静脉破裂出血的中远期疗效。方法:共38例食管胃底静脉曲张破裂出血患者先行内镜检查及上腹部增强CT门脉重建。根据食管胃底曲张静脉严重程度采取内镜下套扎、硬化剂及组织胶注射术联合经皮经肝胃冠状静脉栓塞。结果:本组38例患者急诊止血10例,择期治疗28例。随访3~52个月,平均随访15个月,复发出血5例(13.1%)。结论:内镜治疗联合经皮经肝胃冠状静脉栓塞术治疗门脉高压消化道大出血是一种安全、可靠的治疗方法,能够显著降低再次出血发生。

  4. Management of variceal hemorrhage:current status

    BAI Yu; LI Zhao-shen


    @@ Despite much progress has been made in treatment and research in recent decades,variceal hemorrhage is still one of the most severe complications of liver cirrhosis.1 Studies of the natural history of gastroesophageal varices indicate that gastroesophageal varices are present in about half of cirrhotic patients when endoscopy is performed at the time of the diagnosis of cirrhosis.The presence of gastroesophageal varices correlates with the severity of liver disease.

  5. Treatment of ectopic varices with portal hypertension


    Ectopic varices are unusual with portal hypertension andcan involve any site along the digestive tract outsidethe gastroesophageal region. Hemorrhage from ectopicvarices generally are massive and life threatening.Diagnosis of ectopic varices is difficult and subsequenttreatment is also difficult; the optimal treatment hasnot been established. Recently, interventional radiologyand endoscopic treatments have been carried outsuccessfully for hemorrhage from ectopic varices.

  6. Thrombosis of orbital varices; Trombosis de varices orbitarias

    Boschi Oyhenart, J.; Tenyi, A.; Boschi Pau, J. [Hospital Italiano, Montevideo (Uruguay)


    Orbital varices are venous malformations produced by an abnormal dilatation of one or more orbital veins, probably associated with congenital weakness of the vascular wall. They are rare lesions, usually occurring in young patients, that produce intermittent proptosis related to the increase in the systemic venous pressure. The presence of hemorrhage or thrombosis is associated with rapid development of proptosis, pain and decreased ocular motility. We report the cases of two adult patients with orbital varices complicated by thrombosis in whom the diagnosis was based on computed tomography. The ultrasound and magnetic resonance findings are also discussed. (Author) 16 refs.

  7. Esophageal Mucormycosis

    Benjamin Boatright


    Full Text Available Mucormycosis is a rare invasive fungal infection with high mortality. It usually affects patients with poorly controlled diabetes, immunosuppression, or hematological malignancies. Gastroenterologists need to be aware of this rare infection because endoscopy can facilitate early diagnosis and prompt appropriate therapy. Here we describe a case of invasive esophageal mucormycosis that developed in a 63-year-old man with diabetes, acute promyelocytic leukemia, and prolonged leukopenia after chemotherapy. Upper endoscopy showed distal circumferential esophageal wall thickening with devitalization. The mucosa did not bleed after endoscopic biopsy. Histopathology confirmed mucormycosis. He was treated with various antifungal agents including echinocandins, fluconazole, and liposomal amphotericin B. Despite aggressive antifungal therapy and supportive care, the patient died 24 days later.

  8. Percutaneous Transportal Sclerotherapy with N-Butyl-2-Cyanoacrylate for Gastric Varices: Technique and Clinical Efficacy

    Kwak, Hyo Sung; Han, Young Min [Chonbuk National University Medical School and Hospital, Jeonju (Korea, Republic of)


    This study was deigned to evaluate the technique and clinical efficacy of the use of percutaneous transportal sclerotherapy with N-butyl-2-cyanoacrylate (NBCA) for patients with gastric varices. Seven patients were treated by transportal sclerotherapy with the use of NBCA. For transportal sclerotherapy, portal vein catheterization was performed with a 6-Fr sheath by the transhepatic approach. A 5-Fr catheter was introduced into the afferent gastric vein and a microcatheter was advanced through the 5-Fr catheter into the varices. NBCA was injected through the microcatheter in the varices by use of the continuous single-column injection technique. After the procedure, postcontrast computed tomography (CT) was performed on the next day and then every six months. Gastroendoscopy was performed at one week, three months, and then every six months after the procedure. The technical success rate of the procedure was 88%. In six patients, gastric varices were successfully obliterated with 1-8 mL (mean, 5.4 mL) of a NBCA-Lipiodol mixture injected via a microcatheter. No complications related to the procedure were encountered. As seen on the follow-up endoscopy and CT imaging performed after six months, the presence of gastric varcies was not seen in any of the patients after treatment with the NBCA-Lipiodol mixture and the use of microcoils. Recurrence of gastric varices was not observed during the followup period. Worsening of esophageal varices occurred in four patients after transportal sclerotherapy. The serum albumin level increased, the ammonia level decreased and the prothrombin time increased at six months after the procedure (p < 0.05). Percutaneous transportal sclerotherapy with NBCA is useful to obliterate gastric varices if it is not possible to perform balloon-occluded retrograde transvenous obliteration.

  9. Trans-anastomotic porto-portal varices in patients with gastrointestinal haemorrhage

    Mitchell, A.W.M.; Jackson, J.E


    AIM: Porto-portal varices are commonly seen in patients with segmental extra-hepatic portal hypertension and develop to provide a collateral circulation around an area of portal venous obstruction. It is not well recognized that such communications may also develop across surgical anastomoses and be the source of gastrointestinal haemorrhage. The possible mode of development of such communications has not been previously discussed. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Over a 3-year period between 1995 and 1998, porto-portal varices were demonstrated across surgical anastomoses in four patients who were referred for the investigation of acute (two), acute-on-chronic (one) and chronic gastrointestinal bleeding (one). Their medical notes and the findings at angiography were reviewed. RESULTS: Three patients had segmental portal hypertension due to extra-hepatic portal vein (one) or superior mesenteric vein (two) stenosis/occlusion. One patient had mild portal hypertension due to hepatic fibrosis secondary to congenital biliary atresia. At angiography all patients were shown to have varices crossing previous surgical anastomoses. These varices were presumed to be the cause of bleeding in three of the four patients; the site of bleeding in the fourth individual was not determined. CONCLUSIONS: Trans-anastomotic porto-portal varices are rare. They develop in the presence of extra-hepatic portal hypertension and presumably arise within peri-anastomotic inflammatory tissue. Such varices may be difficult to manage and their prognosis is poor when bleeding occurs. Mitchell, A.W.M., Jackson, J.E. (2000)

  10. Octreotide in the Control of Post-Sclerotherapy Bleeding from Oesophageal Varices, Ulcers and Oesophagitis

    Spencer A. Jenkins


    Full Text Available Bleeding from oesophageal varices, oesophageal ulcers or oesophagitis is occasionally massive and difficult to control. Octreotide, a synthetic analogue of somatostin lowers portal pressure and collateral blood flow including that through varices, increases lower oesophageal sphincter pressure, and inhibits the gastric secretion of acid as well as pepsin. Our current experience suggests it is effective in controlling acute variceal haemorrhage. Therefore we have examined the efficacy of octreotide in the control of postsclerotherapy bleeding from oesophageal varices, oesophageal ulcers and oesophagitis. During the study period 77 patients experienced a significant gastrointestinal bleed (blood pressure 100 beats per min or the need to transfuse 2 or more units of blood to restore the haemoglobin level following injection sclerotherapy of oesophageal varices. The source of bleeding was varices in 42 patients, oesophageal ulcers in 31 and oesophagitis in 4. All patients received a continuous intravenous infusion of octreotide (50 μg/h for between 40–140h. If bleeding was not controlled in the first 12h after commencing octreotide hourly bolus doses (50 μg for 24h were superimposed on the continuous infusion. Haemorrhage was successfully controlled by an infusion of octreotide in 38 of the 42 patients with bleeding from varices, in 30 of 31 patients with oesophageal ulceration, and all patients with oesophagitis. In the 1 patient with persistent bleeding from oesophageal ulceration and in 2 of the 4 with continued haemorrhage from varices, haemostasis was achieved by hourly boluses of 50 μg octreotide for 24h in addition to the continuous infusion. No major complications were associated with octreotide administration. The results of this study clearly indicate that octreotide is a safe and effective treatment for the control of severe haemorrhage after technically successful injection sclerotherapy.

  11. Gastric varices: Classification, endoscopic and ultrasonographic management

    Zeeshan Ahmad Wani


    Full Text Available Gastric varices (GV are responsible for 10-30% of all variceal hemorrhage. However, they tend to bleed more severely with higher mortality. Around 35-90% rebleed after spontaneous hemostasis. Approximately 50% of patients with cirrhosis of liver harbor gastroesophageal varices. In this review, new treatment modalities in the form of endoscopic treatment options and interventional radiological procedures have been discussed besides discussion on classification and pathophysiology of GV.




    Full Text Available Varices are sequelae of portal hypertension and can occur in both cirrhotic and noncirrhotic portal hypertension. They are commonly seen in the oesophagus and stomach. Presentation of varix in the duodenum is rare. The commonest site is in the duodenal bulb followed by the second and third parts of duodenum. The treatment of duodenal varices is challenging and various modalities of treatment are described in literature. Here, we present a case of oesophago-duodenal varices successfully treated by endoscopic variceal ligation for oesophageal varix and injection sclerotherapy for duodenal varix.

  13. Influence of variceal bleeding on natural history of ACLF and management options.

    Al-Mahtab, Mamun; Akbar, Sheikh Mohammad Fazle; Garg, Hitendra


    Patients with diagnosed and undiagnosed chronic liver diseases experience one or more acute assaults of a hepatic nature and develop a downhill course of liver diseases, a condition regarded as acute-on-chronic liver failure (ACLF). It is a medical emergency, the prognosis of ACLF is extremely bad and considerable numbers of patients with ACLF die even after diagnosis and receiving conservative treatment. ACLF is characterized by jaundice, coagulopathy, ascites and encephalopathy. ACLF patients are very sick and associated with different hemodynamic profiles and have very high 3-month mortality. As these groups of patients have high baseline hepatic venous pressure gradients, the chances of variceal bleed are also high, and the impact is also greater in comparison to stable cirrhosis; however, evidence is lacking to substantiate such effects. The aim of this review is to discuss the natural course of variceal bleeding in ACLF patients and to develop insights into the management of variceal bleeding in ACLF.

  14. Splenectomy with endoscopic variceal ligation is superior to splenectomy with pericardial devascularization in treatment of portal hypertension

    Nan Lin; Bo Liu; Rui-Yun Xu; He-Ping Fang; Mei-Hai Deng


    AIM: To investigate the therapeutic efficacy and complications of splenectomy with endoscopic variceal ligation (EVL) and splenectomy with pericardial devascularization (i.e. Hassab's operation) in patients with portal hypertension.METHODS: A total of 103 patients with liver cirrhosis and portal hypertension were randomly selected to receive either splenectomy with EVL (n = 53, group A) or Hassab's operation (n = 50, group B).RESULTS: The portal blood flow volume, the presence of portal vein thrombosis, gastric emptying time and free portal venous pressure (FPP) before and after the operation were determined. Patients were followed up for up to 64 mo with an average of 45 mo, and the Dagradi classification of variceal veins and the grading of portal hypertension gastropathy (PHG) were evaluated.It was found that all esophageal varices were occluded or decreased to grade Ⅱ or less in both groups. There was little difference in the recurrence rate of esophageal varices (11.9% vs13.2%) and the re-bleeding rate (7.1% vs 5.3%) between groups A and B. The incidence of complications and the percentage of patients with severe PHG after the operation were significantly higher in group B (60.0% and 52.0%) than in group A (32.1%and 20.8%, P < 0.05). No patients died of operationrelated complications. There was no significant difference in gastric emptying time, FPP and portal blood flow volume between the two groups.CONCLUSION: The results suggest that splenectomy with EVL achieves similar therapeutic efficacy to that of Hassab's operation interms of the recurrence rate of esophageal varices and the re-bleeding rate, but the former results in fewer and milder complications.

  15. Cost-effectiveness analysis of beta-blockers vs endoscopic surveillance in patients with cirrhosis and small varices

    Di Pascoli, Lorenza; Buja, Alessandra; Bolognesi, Massimo; Montagnese, Sara; Gatta, Angelo; Gregori, Dario; Merkel, Carlo


    AIM: To evaluate the most cost-effectiveness strategy for preventing variceal growth and bleeding in patients with cirrhosis and small esophageal varices. METHODS: A stochastic analysis based on decision trees was performed to compare the cost-effectiveness of beta-blockers therapy starting from a diagnosis of small varices (Strategy 1) with that of endoscopic surveillance followed by beta-blockers treatment when large varices are demonstrated (Strategy 2), for preventing variceal growth, bleeding and death in patients with cirrhosis and small esophageal varices. The basic nodes of the tree were gastrointestinal endoscopy, inpatient admission and treatment for bleeding, as required. All estimates were performed using a Monte Carlo microsimulation technique, consisting in simulating observations from known probability distributions depicted in the model. Eight-hundred-thousand simulations were performed to obtain the final estimates. All estimates were then subjected to Monte Carlo Probabilistic sensitivity analysis, to assess the impact of the variability of such estimates on the outcome distributions. RESULTS: The event rate (considered as progression of varices or bleeding or death) in Strategy 1 [24.09% (95%CI: 14.89%-33.29%)] was significantly lower than in Strategy 2 [60.00% (95%CI: 48.91%-71.08%)]. The mean cost (up to the first event) associated with Strategy 1 [823 £ (95%CI: 106 £-2036 £)] was not significantly different from that of Strategy 2 [799 £ (95%CI: 0 £-3498 £)]. The cost-effectiveness ratio with respect to this endpoint was equal to 50.26 £ (95%CI: -504.37 £-604.89 £) per event avoided over the four-year follow-up. When bleeding episodes/deaths in subjects whose varices had grown were included, the mean cost associated with Strategy 1 was 1028 £ (95%CI: 122 £-2581 £), while 1699 £ (95%CI: 171 £-4674 £) in Strategy 2. CONCLUSION: Beta-blocker therapy turn out to be more effective and less expensive than endoscopic surveillance for

  16. Management of rectal varices in portal hypertension


    Rectal varices are portosystemic collaterals that form asa complication of portal hypertension, their prevalencehas been reported as high as 94% in patients withextrahepatic portal vein obstruction. The diagnosis istypically based on lower endoscopy (colonoscopy orsigmoidoscopy). However, endoscopic ultrasonographyhas been shown to be superior to endoscopy in diagnosingrectal varices. Color Doppler ultrasonography isa better method because it allows the calculation of thevelocity of blood flow in the varices and can be used topredict the bleeding risk in the varices. Although rare,bleeding from rectal varices can be life threatening. Themanagement of patients with rectal variceal bleedingis not well established. It is important to ensurehemodynamic stability with blood transfusion and tocorrect any coagulopathy prior to treating the bleedingvarices. Endoscopic injection sclerotherapy has beenreported to be more effective in the management ofactive bleeding from rectal varices with less rebleedingrate as compared to endoscopic band ligation. Transjugularintrahepatic portsystemic shunt alone or incombination with embolization is another method usedsuccessfully in control of bleeding. Balloon-occludedretrograde transvenous obliteration is an emergingprocedure for management of gastric varices that hasalso been successfully used to treat bleeding rectalvarices. Surgical procedures including suture ligationand porto-caval shunts are considered when othermethods have failed.

  17. Improved survival with the patients with variceal bleed.

    Sharma, Praveen; Sarin, Shiv K


    Variceal hemorrhage is a major cause of death in patients with cirrhosis. Over the past two decades new treatment modalities have been introduced in the management of acute variceal bleeding (AVB) and several recent studies have suggested that the outcome of patients with cirrhosis and AVB has improved. Improved supportive measures, combination therapy which include early use of portal pressure reducing drugs with low rates of adverse effects (somatostatin, octerotide or terlipressin) and endoscopic variceal ligation has become the first line treatment in the management of AVB. Short-term antibiotic prophylaxis, early use of lactulose for prevention of hepatic encephalopathy, application of early transjugular intrahepatic portasystemic shunts (TIPS), fully covered self-expandable metallic stent in patients for AVB may be useful in those cases where balloon tamponade is considered. Early and wide availability of liver transplantation has changed the armamentarium of the clinician for patients with AVB. High hepatic venous pressure gradient (HVPG) >20 mmHg in AVB has become a useful predictor of outcomes and more aggressive therapies with early TIPS based on HVPG measurement may be the treatment of choice to reduce mortality further.

  18. Improved Survival with the Patients with Variceal Bleed

    Praveen Sharma


    Full Text Available Variceal hemorrhage is a major cause of death in patients with cirrhosis. Over the past two decades new treatment modalities have been introduced in the management of acute variceal bleeding (AVB and several recent studies have suggested that the outcome of patients with cirrhosis and AVB has improved. Improved supportive measures, combination therapy which include early use of portal pressure reducing drugs with low rates of adverse effects (somatostatin, octerotide or terlipressin and endoscopic variceal ligation has become the first line treatment in the management of AVB. Short-term antibiotic prophylaxis, early use of lactulose for prevention of hepatic encephalopathy, application of early transjugular intrahepatic portasystemic shunts (TIPS, fully covered self-expandable metallic stent in patients for AVB may be useful in those cases where balloon tamponade is considered. Early and wide availability of liver transplantation has changed the armamentarium of the clinician for patients with AVB. High hepatic venous pressure gradient (HVPG >20 mmHg in AVB has become a useful predictor of outcomes and more aggressive therapies with early TIPS based on HVPG measurement may be the treatment of choice to reduce mortality further.

  19. [Left predominance of varices: myth or reality?].

    Cornu-Thénard, A; Maraval, M; Boivin, P; Parpex, P


    The study of 843 legs operated for major varices shows that they are equally distributed between the two lower limbs (48.6% on the right, 51.4% on the left). There is little sex-determined variation in this distribution (410 women - 184 men), the main difference being that found in men: +4.6% on the left. Other studies carried out in Europe come to much the same conclusion. Two of these studies do, however, note a much clearer predominance of left-leg varices in men (+10%). For some studies, the lack of information about the type of varices being considered has proved troublesome (for example the many isolated telangiectasis and varices) and means that it is impossible to come to any exact conclusion. Clinical quantification is therefore desirable: at least it takes into account the diameter of the varices studied.

  20. Drug-induced acute esophageal lesions and use of ciprofloxacin Lesiones esofágicas agudas inducidas por drogas y uso de ciprofloxacino

    V.M. Santos


    Full Text Available We report the case of a 95-year-old woman who had acute esophageal lesions while being treated with oral ciprofloxacin for an acute cystitis. On day 2 of treatment, she reported retroesternal pain with a globus sensation, and presented hematemesis and melena. There was no history of gastric or esophageal disturbances. An upper digestive endoscopy showed bleeding lesions on the middle third of the esophagus. Ciprofloxacin was discontinued and a proton pump inhibitor was administered. One week later, the endoscopic aspect of the esophagus was normal. Only two cases of ciprofloxacin-induced esophageal lesions have been reported previously. A short review of this kind of esophageal injuries is presented, focusing on the main risk factors and preventive measures.Presentamos el caso de una mujer de 95 años con lesiones agudas del esófago que tomaba ciprofloxacino por cistitis aguda. La paciente refería dolor y sensación de cuerpo estraño retroesternal asociados con hematemesis y melena, después del segundo día de tratamiento. No había antecedentes personales de trastornos gástricos o esofágicos. La endoscopia digestiva objetivó lesiones sangrantes en el tercio medio del esófago. El uso de ciprofloxacino fue suspendido y se utilizó un inhibidor de la bomba de protones. Una semana más tarde, el aspecto endoscópico del esófago fue considerado normal. Dos únicos casos de lesiones esofágicas inducidas por ciprofloxacino han sido previamente publicados. Se presenta una revisión breve acerca de este tipo de lesiones del esófago, con énfasis a los principales factores de riesgo y medidas de prevención.

  1. Prospective randomized comparison of sodium tetradecyl sulfate and polidocanol as variceal sclerosing agents.

    Bhargava, D K; Singh, B; Dogra, R; Dasarathy, S; Sharma, M P


    A prospective randomized controlled study was designed to evaluate differences in efficacy and complication rate between the two most commonly used sclerosing agents, sodium tetradecyl sulfate (STD) and polidocanol. Of 52 patients with esophageal variceal bleeding, 26 were randomized to receive sclerotherapy with 1.5% STD and 26 to receive 1% polidocanol at weekly intervals. Eradication of varices was achieved in 88% patients each of the STD and polidocanol group. There was no significant difference between patients injected with STD and polidocanol with regard to re-bleeding (27% vs. 15%) and mortality (11.5% in both). The use of STD, in contrast to polidocanol, was associated with a higher incidence of complications in terms of severe retrosternal pain (27% vs. 4%), deep ulceration (53% vs. 23%), dysphagia (88% vs. 46%), and stricture formation (27% vs. 8%). It was concluded that these two agents were similar in efficacy. However, polidocanol was superior due to a lower incidence of complications.

  2. Systemic phosphatidylcholine pretreatment protects canine esophageal mucosa during acute experimental biliary reflux

    Gabor Eros; Jozsef Kaszaki; Miklos Czobel; Mihaly Boros


    AIM: To characterize the consequences of short-term exposure to luminal bile on mucosal mast cell reactions in a canine model, and to determine the effects of systemic phosphatidylcholine pretreatment in this condition.METHODS: Twenty mongrel dogs were used for experiments. Group 1 (n = 5) served as a salinetreated control, while in group 2 (n=5) the esophagus was exposed to bile for 3 h. In group 3 (n=5) the animals were pretreated with 7-nitroindazole to inhibit the neuronal isoform of nitric oxide synthase.In group 4 (n = 5) phosphatidylcholine solution (50 mg/kg) was administered iv before the biliary challenge. Mucosal microcirculation was observed by intravital videomicroscopy. Myeloperoxidase and nitric oxide synthase activities, the degrees of mast cell degranulation and mucosal damage were evaluated via tissue biopsies.RESULTS: Exposure to bile evoked significant mast cell degranulation and leukocyte accumulation. The red blood cell velocity and the diameter of the postcapillary venules increased significantly. The tissue ATP content and constitutive nitric oxide synthase activity decreased,while the inducible nitric oxide synthase activity increased significantly as compared to the control values.7-nitroindazole treatment significantly exacerbated the mucosal mast cell degranulation and tissue damage. In contrast, phosphatidylcholine pretreatment prevented the bile-induced ATP depletion, the inducible nitric oxide synthase and myeloperoxidase activity and the mast cell degranulation increased.CONCLUSION: The neuronal nitric oxide synthase -mast cell axis plays an important role in the esophageal mucosal defense system. Systemic phosphatidylcholine pretreatment affords effective protection through ameliorating the bile-induced ATP depletion and secondary inflammatory reaction.

  3. EUS-Assisted Evaluation of Rectal Varices before Banding

    Malay Sharma


    Full Text Available Rectal varices are an important cause of bleed. The bleeding can be sometimes fatal. Endoscopic management is possible and is generally done in emergency situation. Rectal variceal banding is useful. Hemodynamic evaluation has shown that the blood flow in rectal varices is from above downwards; however, the site of banding of rectal varices is unclear. This case series shows that the rectal varices should be banded at the highest point of inflow.

  4. Esophageal Cancer

    ... from your throat to your stomach. Early esophageal cancer usually does not cause symptoms. Later, you may ... You're at greater risk for getting esophageal cancer if you smoke, drink heavily, or have acid ...

  5. Radiation-induced esophagitis in lung cancer

    Baker S


    Full Text Available Sarah Baker, Alysa Fairchild Department of Radiation Oncology, Cross Cancer Institute, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada Abstract: Radiation-induced esophagitis is the most common local acute toxicity of radiotherapy (RT delivered for the curative or palliative intent treatment of lung cancer. Although concurrent chemotherapy and higher RT dose are associated with increased esophagitis risk, advancements in RT techniques as well as adherence to esophageal dosimetric constraints may reduce the incidence and severity. Mild acute esophagitis symptoms are generally self-limited, and supportive management options include analgesics, acid suppression, diet modification, treatment for candidiasis, and maintenance of adequate nutrition. Esophageal stricture is the most common late sequela from esophageal irradiation and can be addressed with endoscopic dilatation. Approaches to prevent or mitigate these toxicities are also discussed. Keywords: non–small cell lung cancer, acute, late, toxicity, stricture

  6. Acute esophagitis for patients with local-regional advanced non small cell lung cancer treated with concurrent chemoradiotherapy

    Pan, Yi; Brink, Carsten; Knap, Marianne


    PURPOSE: Esophagitis is common in patients treated with definitive radiotherapy for local-regional advanced non small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The purpose of this study was to estimate the dose-effect relationship using clinical and dosimetric parameters in patients receiving intensity modulated...... radiotherapy (IMRT) and concomitant chemotherapy (CCT). METHODS: Between 2009 and 2013, 117 patients with stages IIB-IIIB NSCLC were treated in a multicenter randomized phase II trial with 2 cycles of induction chemotherapy followed by IMRT and CCT. The esophagitis was prospectively scored using the Common...

  7. Prediction of oesophageal varices in patients with primary biliary cirrhosis by non-invasive markers

    Gao, Lili; Li, Hanwei; Han, Jun; Zhang, Weihui


    Introduction Preliminary data suggested that non-invasive methods could be useful to assess presence of oesophageal varices (OV) in liver cirrhosis. The primary objectives were to investigate non-invasive markers for diagnosing and grading OV in patients with primary biliary cirrhosis. Material and methods This study included a total of 106 consecutive treatment-naive patients with primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC). Results of physical examination, blood tests, and abdominal ultrasound scan (USS) were measured. Performance of non-invasive markers for OV was expressed as sensitivity, specificity, positive, and negative predictive values (PPV, NPV), accuracy, and area under the curve (AUC). Results Oesophageal varices were found in 54 (50.9%) and large OV in 28 of the 106 patients. Variables found to differ significantly between patients with any grade or large and without OV included increased spleen length, increased portal vein diameter, low platelet count, and low levels of albumin or low γ-glutamyltranspeptidase (γ-GTP) values. Area under the receiver operating characteristic curve showed that spleen length (cutoff = 156.0) had AUC 0.753 (95% CI: 0.657–0.849), and high NPV (82.1%) to exclude any grade OV. Large OV could be excluded with NPV 70.6% by spleen length. Conclusions Predictive risk factors that use readily available laboratory results and ultrasound scan results may reliably identify esophageal varices in patients with PBC. PMID:28261290

  8. Evaluation of CT after combined injection method by intra and para-variceal injection

    Urita, Yoshihisa; Ishihara, Manabu; Ozaki, Motonobu; Hachiya, Akihiko; Yamada, Shuuichi; Mutoh, Masue; Nakata, Masayuki; Ohtsuka, Sachio; Machida, Keiichi (Toho Univ., Tokyo (Japan). School of Medicine)


    The purpose of this study is to clarify the distribution of sclerosant injected into the paravariceal esophageal wall. CT scan of the chest was performed 30 minutes after combined injection sclerotherapy (EIS) using 1% Polidocanol (Aethoxysklerol: AS) in 23 patients with esophageal varices. CT findings included (1) ring-enhanced esophageal wall (2) ring-enhanced paraesophageal wall (3) locally enhanced esophageal wall (4) beltlike-enhanced parietal pleura. Types (1) (2) (4) were obtained in the 1st or the 2nd EIS, and type (3) was obtained in the 3rd EIS or more. These CT findings did not correlate with total volume of injected sclerosant. Seven of 8 patients with CT finding of Type (3) had esophageal ulcer. (We consider that esophageal ulcer is necessary to fibrosis of the lower eshophageal wall). When CT finding of type (3) was obtained, we put off the next procedure of EIS. Pleural effusion occured after 2 of 18 procedures with CT finding of type (1), 2 of 9 with type (2), 0 of 8 with type (3), and 1 of 14 with type (4). We speculated that most of patients with type (4) would have pleural effusion. But CT findings did not correlate with pleural effusion. Chest pain occurred after 1 of 18 procedures with CT finding of type (1), 1 of 9 with type (2), 2 of 8 with type (3), and 1 of 14 with type (4). Fever occurred after 0 of 18 procedures with CT findings of type (1), 0 of 9 with type (2), 2 of 8 with type (3), 0 of 14 with type (4). These results suggest that 1% AS injected into paravariceal esophageal wall have no reference to the minor complications. The sclerosants injected into the paravaries was thought to diffuse rapidly, but it is unlikely that this distribution of 1% AS is the main factor of pleural effusion, chest pain, and fever after EIS. (author).

  9. Esophageal rupture due to Sengstaken-Blakemore tube misplacement

    Chee-Fah Chong


    The author presents three cases of esophageal rupture during the treatment of massive esophageal variceal bleeding with Sengstaken-Blakemore (SB) tube. In each case, simple auscultation was used to guide SB tube insertion, with chest radiograph obtained only after complete inflation of the gastric balloon. Two patients died of hemorrhagic shock and one died of mediastinitis.The author suggests that confirmation of SB tube placement by auscultation alone may not be adequate.Routine chest radiographs should be obtained before and after full inflation of the gastric balloon to confirm tube position and to detect tube dislocation.

  10. Clinical Analysis of Acute Renal Failure after Surgery for Esophageal Cancer%食管癌术后急性肾衰竭的临床分析

    徐澄澄; 孙威; 付向宁


    为了探讨食管癌术后急性肾衰竭发生的原因及防治经验,回顾性分析13例术后发生急性肾衰竭食管癌患者的临床资料,并总结防治体会.结果显示患者平均年龄67.5岁,体重50.4千克,皆有严重的吞咽梗阻症状,其中8例术前发现低蛋白血症,3例术前有不同程度的肾功能不全;术后3天内出现急性肾衰竭,治疗纠正肾前性病因、利尿和改善肾血流灌注等,其中4例结合血液净化;10例治愈,3例好转自动出院.就此得出结论食管癌患者术前低容量且营养不良状态是术后急性肾衰竭的重要原因;治疗注意纠正肾前性因素和改善肾灌注,必要时结合血液净化治疗,有助于防治食管癌术后急性肾功能衰竭.%To investigate the causes and experience of treatment for acute renal failure following the surgery for esophageal cancer, the clinical data of 13 patients with acute renal failure after surgery for esophageal cancer were retrospectively reviewed. The average age of patients was 67.5, and the mean weight was 50.4 kg. All patients had severe obstructive symptom, 8 of 13 patients with hypoproteinemia and 3 of 13 patients with renal dysfunction were detected preoperatively.Acute renal failure was followed in three days after operation. Treatment included correction of possible prerenal causes,diuretic drugs and improvement of renal perfusion and so on. Four of 13 patients underwent blood purification. Ten cases were cured and 3 cases improved markedly and were discharged. The conclusions include that hypovolemia and malnutrition are the important causes of acute renal failure following the surgery for esophageal cancer, and correction of possible prerenal causes, improvement of renal perfusion and adequate blood purification can contribute to its treatment.

  11. Bleeding Ectopic Varices as the First Manifestation of Portal Hypertension

    Brij Sharma


    Full Text Available Ectopic varices are defined as dilated portosystemic collateral veins in locations other than the gastroesophageal region. We present a case of recurrent upper gastrointestinal bleeding as the first manifestation of portal hypertension. We diagnosed ectopic duodenal varices without gastroesophageal varices on upper GI endoscopy and extrahepatic portal venous obstruction (EHPVO on CT angiography and managed this case.

  12. Modeling the Risk of Radiation-Induced Acute Esophagitis for Combined Washington University and RTOG Trial 93-11 Lung Cancer Patients

    Huang, Ellen X.; Bradley, Jeffrey D.; El Naqa, Issam [Department of Radiation Oncology, Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, MO (United States); Hope, Andrew J.; Lindsay, Patricia E. [Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto, ON (Canada); Bosch, Walter R.; Matthews, John W. [Department of Radiation Oncology, Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, MO (United States); Sause, William T. [Department of Radiation Oncology, LDS Hospital, Salt Lake City, UT (United States); Graham, Mary V. [Department of Radiation Oncology, Phelps County Regional Hospital, Rolla, MO (United States); Deasy, Joseph O., E-mail: [Department of Medical Physics, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY (United States)


    Purpose: To construct a maximally predictive model of the risk of severe acute esophagitis (AE) for patients who receive definitive radiation therapy (RT) for non-small-cell lung cancer. Methods and Materials: The dataset includes Washington University and RTOG 93-11 clinical trial data (events/patients: 120/374, WUSTL = 101/237, RTOG9311 = 19/137). Statistical model building was performed based on dosimetric and clinical parameters (patient age, sex, weight loss, pretreatment chemotherapy, concurrent chemotherapy, fraction size). A wide range of dose-volume parameters were extracted from dearchived treatment plans, including Dx, Vx, MOHx (mean of hottest x% volume), MOCx (mean of coldest x% volume), and gEUD (generalized equivalent uniform dose) values. Results: The most significant single parameters for predicting acute esophagitis (RTOG Grade 2 or greater) were MOH85, mean esophagus dose (MED), and V30. A superior-inferior weighted dose-center position was derived but not found to be significant. Fraction size was found to be significant on univariate logistic analysis (Spearman R = 0.421, p < 0.00001) but not multivariate logistic modeling. Cross-validation model building was used to determine that an optimal model size needed only two parameters (MOH85 and concurrent chemotherapy, robustly selected on bootstrap model-rebuilding). Mean esophagus dose (MED) is preferred instead of MOH85, as it gives nearly the same statistical performance and is easier to compute. AE risk is given as a logistic function of (0.0688 Asterisk-Operator MED+1.50 Asterisk-Operator ConChemo-3.13), where MED is in Gy and ConChemo is either 1 (yes) if concurrent chemotherapy was given, or 0 (no). This model correlates to the observed risk of AE with a Spearman coefficient of 0.629 (p < 0.000001). Conclusions: Multivariate statistical model building with cross-validation suggests that a two-variable logistic model based on mean dose and the use of concurrent chemotherapy robustly predicts

  13. Esophageal cancer.

    Vakil, Nimish; Affi, Aboud


    Despite advances in our knowledge of esophageal cancer, 50% of patients present with incurable disease, and the overall survival after diagnosis is poor. The incidence of esophageal adenocarcinoma of the distal esophagus is rising at a rapid rate in developed countries. Recent advances in the epidemiology of esophageal cancer offer insights into preventive strategies in patients who are at risk. New developments in diagnosis may help detect the disease at an early stage. New diagnostic modalities permit more accurate staging procedures and allow appropriate selection of therapy. New studies provide more information on multimodality therapy for esophageal cancer, and new endoscopic techniques allow resection of small lesions without surgery. New stent designs provide better palliation by providing tumor ingrowth. These developments in the treatment of esophageal cancer are the focus of this review.

  14. Diagnosis and therapy of non-variceal upper gastrointestinal bleeding

    Erwin; Biecker


    Non-variceal upper gastrointestinal bleeding(UGIB) is defined as bleeding proximal to the ligament of Treitz in the absence of oesophageal, gastric or duodenal varices. The clinical presentation varies according to the intensity of bleeding from occult bleeding to melena or haematemesis and haemorrhagic shock. Causes of UGIB are peptic ulcers, Mallory-Weiss lesions,erosive gastritis, reflux oesophagitis, Dieulafoy lesions or angiodysplasia. After admission to the hospital a structured approach to the patient with acute UGIB that includes haemodynamic resuscitation and stabilization as well as pre-endoscopic risk stratification has to be done. Endoscopy offers not only the localisation of the bleeding site but also a variety of therapeutic measures like injection therapy, thermocoagulation or endoclips. Endoscopic therapy is facilitated by acid suppression with proton pump inhibitor(PPI) therapy. These drugs are highly effective but the best route of application(oral vs intravenous) and the adequate dosage are still subjects of discussion. Patients with ulcer disease are tested for Helicobacter pylori and eradication therapy should be given if it is present. Non-steroidal antiinflammatory drugs have to be discontinued if possible. If discontinuation is not possible, cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitors in combination with PPI have the lowest bleeding risk but the incidence of cardiovascular events is increased.

  15. Endoscopic treatment of duodenal varices with cyanoacrylate

    Ana Mora-Soler


    Full Text Available Background: the duodenum is the most common location for ectopic varices. Bleeding is rare, but when it appears, it is massive and difficult to control. Material and methods: retrospective description of five clinical cases of digestive bleeding secondary to duodenal varices that we observed between the years 2011 and 2012, together with their clinical characteristics, endoscopic diagnosis, endoscopic treatment with cyanoacrylate injection and the posterior follow-up and assessment of new bleeding. Results: all five patients were treated with an endoscopic cyanoacrylate injection and two of the patients experienced a digestive rebleeding. Three of the patients died during the follow-up period, only one due to cause digestive bleeding. Conclusion: in conclusion we can state that endoscopic treatment of duodenal varices with cyanoacrylate is technically possible, and it permits us to control the first bleeding before doing other definitive treatments, if the patient condition allows it.

  16. Vascular plug-assisted retrograde transvenous obliteration for the management of gastric varices: Comparative effectiveness between gelatin sponge embolization and permanent sclerosant

    Lee, Ji Hyun; Jo, Jeong Hyun; Park, Jae Hyung; Park, Byeong Ho [Dept. of Radiology, Dong A University Hospital, Dong A University College of Medicine, Busan (Korea, Republic of); Jung, Gyoo Sik [Dept. of Radiology, Gospel Hospital, Kosin University College of Medicine, Busan (Korea, Republic of)


    To evaluate the short-term outcome of plug-assisted retrograde transvenous obliteration (PARTO) using vascular plugs and gelatin sponges in comparison with balloon-occluded retrograde transvenous obliteration (BRTO) for the management of gastric varices. From January 2005 to October 2014, 171 patients were referred for management of gastric varices, of which, 52 patients with hemodynamically stable gastric varices (48 recent bleeding; 4 primary prophylaxes) were evaluated. Of these, 38 received BRTO (men/women 23/15; mean age 61.3; Child-Pugh classes A/B/C = 11/25/2) and 14 underwent PARTO (men/women 11/3; mean age 63.4; Child-Pugh classes A/B/C = 9/4/1). The technical success rate, complications, variceal changes, liver function, and exacerbation of ascites/pleural effusion were compared between the 2 groups within 3 months after the procedure. The technical success rates were 92.1% in the BRTO and 100% in the PARTO group. Procedure-related early complications occurred in the BRTO group alone (8%, n = 3). Among patients with technical success, follow-up CT at 1 month was available for 98% (n = 48/49). Complete thrombosis of gastric varices was achieved in 97.1% in the BRTO and 100% in the PARTO group. Worsening of esophageal varices was observed in 24% of the BRTO group alone (n = 8). The albumin level increased significantly in both groups and aspartate aminotransferase/alanine aminotransferase level improved significantly in the PARTO group (p < 0.05). Exacerbation of ascites/pleural effusion was observed in both groups (35.2% vs. 21.4%, both p > 0.05). PARTO appears to be equivalent to BRTO for short-term management of gastric varices.

  17. Esophageal Cancer Prevention

    ... the lower part of the esophagus, near the stomach. See the following PDQ summaries for more information about esophageal cancer: Esophageal Cancer Screening Esophageal Cancer Treatment Esophageal cancer is found more ...

  18. Variceal bleeding from ileum identified and treated by single balloon enteroscopy

    Mario Traina; Ilaria Tarantino; Luca Barresi; Filippo Mocciaro


    We report a case of acute uncontrolled gastrointestinal bleeding in a patient with liver cirrhosis. The upper and lower endoscopy were negative for bleeding lesions. We decided to perform the examination of the small bowel using single-balloon enteroscopy. The lower enteroscopy revealed signs of bleeding from varices of the ileum. In this report, we showed that the injection of a sclerosant solution can be accomplished using a freehand technique via the single balloon enteroscopy.

  19. Caustic ingestion and esophageal function

    Cadranel, S.; Di Lorenzo, C.; Rodesch, P.; Piepsz, A.; Ham, H.R. (Children University Hospital, Brussels (Belgium))


    The aim of the present study was to investigate esophageal motor function by means of krypton-81m esophageal transit scintigraphy and to compare the results with the functional and morphological data obtained by means of triple lumen manometry and endoscopy. In acute and subacute stages of the disease, all clinical, anatomical, and functional parameters were in good agreement, revealing significant impairment. In chronic stages, the severity of the dysphagia was not correlated to the importance of the residual stenosis. Conversely, 81mKr esophageal transit and manometric's findings were in good agreement with the clinical symptoms, during the entire follow-up period ranging between 3 months to 7 years. The 81mKr test is undoubtedly the easiest and probably the most physiological technique currently available for long-term functional evaluation of caustic esophagitis.

  20. 国产奥美拉唑治疗急性非静脉曲张性上消化道出血的Meta分析%Effectiveness and Safety of China-Made Omeprazole in Treating Acute Non-Variceal Upper Gastrointestinal Bleeding: A Meta-Analysis

    刘文平; 黄彩云


    目的 系统评价国产奥美拉唑治疗急性非静脉曲张性上消化道出血的疗效和安全性.方法 计算机检索PubMed、MEDLINE、Springer、The Cochrane Library、CNKI、VIP、CBM、WanFang Data等数据库,收集国产奥美拉唑治疗急性非静脉曲张性上消化道出血的随机对照试验(RCT),检索时限均为建库至2012年12月,并追溯纳入研究的参考文献.由两位研究者按照纳入与排除标准独立筛选文献、提取资料和评价质量后,采用RevMan 5.1软件进行Meta分析.结果 纳入11个RCT,共1 075例患者(试验组544例,对照组531例).Meta分析结果显示,国产奥美拉唑与进口奥美拉唑相比,在急性非静脉曲张性上消化道出血的总有效率[OR=0.68,95%CI (0.35,1.33),P=0.26]和不良反应发生率[RR=1.33,95%CI (0.45,3.91),P=0.60]方面,两组差异无统计学意义.结论 国产奥美拉唑治疗急性非静脉曲张性上消化道出血疗效与进口奥美拉相当,安全有效.%Objective To systematically evaluate the effectiveness and safety of China-made omeprazole in treating acute non-variceal upper gastrointestinal bleeding.Methods Such databases as PubMed,MEDLINE,Springer,The Cochrane Library,CNKI,VIP,CBM and WanFang data were searched to collect the randomized controlled trials (RCTs)about China-made omeprazole in treating acute non-variceal upper gastrointestinal bleeding,and the references of included studies were also retrieved.The retrieval time was from inception to December 2012.Two reviewers independently screened the literature according to the inclusion and exclusion criteria,extracted the data,and assessed the quality,and then the meta-analysis was conducted by using RevMan 5.1 software.Results A total of 11 RCTs were included.Among all 1 075 patients,544 were in the treatment group,while the other 531 were in the control group.The results of metaanalysis showed that,there were no significant differences in the total effective rate (OR=0.68,95

  1. Factors affecting hospital mortality in acute upper gastrointestinal bleeding

    Alam Mohammed


    Full Text Available This retrospective analysis studied the records of 564 consecutive patients admitted to Gastrointestinal Bleeding Unit of Riyadh Medical Complex with acute upper gastrointestinal bleeding over a 2-year period (May 1996-April 1998. The purpose of the study was to analyze the mortality with an aim to identify the risk factors affecting mortality in these patients. Majority of patients were men (82% and Saudis (54%. Their mean age was 52.46 + 17.8 years. Esophageal varices (45% were the main causes of bleeding followed by duodenal ulcers (24%. Overall mortality in this series was 15.8% (89 patients. Comorbid diseases were responsible for death in 68 (76% patients, whereas, bleeding was considered to be directly responsible for death in 21 (24% patients. On analysis of data from this study, old age (>60 years, systolic pressure < 90 mm Hg on admission, comorbid disease, variceal bleeding and Child′s grade C in patients with chronic liver disease were associated with adverse outcome.

  2. Clinicopathological Features and Treatment of Ectopic Varices with Portal Hypertension

    Takahiro Sato


    Full Text Available Bleeding from ectopic varices, which is rare in patients with portal hypertension, is generally massive and life-threatening. Forty-three patients were hospitalized in our ward for gastrointestinal bleeding from ectopic varices. The frequency of ectopic varices was 43/1218 (3.5% among portal hypertensive patients in our ward. The locations of the ectopic varices were rectal in thirty-two, duodenal in three, intestinal in two, vesical in three, stomal in one, and colonic in two patients. Endoscopic or interventional radiologic treatment was performed successfully for ectopic varices. Hemorrhage from ectopic varices should be kept in mind in patients with portal hypertension presenting with lower gastrointestinal bleeding.

  3. Esophageal anastomosis.

    Yuan, Y; Wang, K-N; Chen, L-Q


    This review gives an overview of the esophageal anastomosis. The history, various techniques and substitution organs, their advantages and disadvantages, healing mechanism, complications, and actual trend of this essential part of esophageal surgery are described. The history of the esophageal anastomosis extending from the first anastomosis in 1901 to today has undergone more than one century. In the early days, the success rate of the anastomosis was extremely low. As the technology progressed, the anastomosis got significant achievement. Various anastomotic techniques are currently being used. However, controversies exist on the choice of anastomotic method concerning the success rate, postoperative complication and quality of life. How to choose the method, no one can give the best answer. We searched the manuscripts about the esophageal anastomoses in recent years and studied the controversy questions about the anastomosis. Performing an esophageal anastomosis is a technical matter, and suture healing is independent of the patient's biologic situation. Every anastomosis technique has its own merit, but the outcomes were different if it was performed by different surgeons, and we also found that the complication rate of the anastomosis was mainly associated with the surgeons. So the surgeons should learn from their previous experience and others to avoid technical errors.

  4. Evaluation of magnetic resonance angiography in detection of gastric varices

    Sato, Takahiro; Yamazaki, Katsu; Toyota, Jouji; Karino, Yoshiyasu; Ohmura, Takumi; Suga, Toshihiro [Sapporo Kosei General Hospital (Japan)


    We evaluated the detection of gastric varices, inflowing blood vessels to gastric varices, and outflowing blood vessels from gastric varices via magnetic resonance (MR) angiography in 31 patients with gastric varices. Twenty-four patients had F{sub 2} type varices and 7 had F{sub 3} type, classified according to the Japanese Research Society for Portal Hypertension. Seventeen patients had cardiofornical varices, and 14 had fundal varices. All patients were examined with an MR system operating at 1.5 T. MR angiography was performed using the two-dimensional time-of-flight method. With MR angiography, the imaging of gastric varices was clearly delineated in 28 of the 31 patients (90.3%). From the images of MR angiography, flow direction itself cannot be determined. The outflowing blood vessels of gastric varices were reported to be the gastro-renal shunt and the subphrenic vein, and angiographic findings have shown the inflowing blood vessels to be the left gastric vein (LGV), the short gastric vein (SGV), and the posterior gastric vein (PGV). In 25 of the 31 patients (80.7%), the outflowing blood vessels from gastric varices were detected (gastro-renal shunt in 24; subphrenic vein in 1). MR angiography provided clear images of the inflowing blood vessels to gastric varices in 18 of the 31 patients (58.1%). These inflowing vessels were categorized as SGV in 7 patients, LGV in 5, LGV and SGV in 4, and LGV and PGV in 2. We suggest that MR angiography be used as a routine method for detecting and diagnosing collateral veins in patients with gastric varices. (author)

  5. Efficacy of balloon-occluded retrograde transvenous obliteration,percutaneous transhepatic obliteration and combined techniques for the management of gastric fundal varices

    Hirotaka Arai; Takehiko Abe; Hitoshi Takagi; Masatomo Mori


    AIM: To evaluate the effect of three interventional treatments involving transvenous obliteration for the treatment of gastric varices, and to compare the efficacy and adverse effects of these methods.METHODS: From 1995 to 2004, 93 patients with gastric fundal varices underwent interventional radiologic embolotherapy at our hospital. Of the 93 patients, 75 were treated with the balloon-occluded retrograde transvenous obliteration (BRTO) procedure; 8 were with the percutaneous transhepatic obliteration (PTO)procedure; and 10 were with the combined BRTO and PTO therapy. A follow-up evaluation examined the rates of survival, recurrence and rebleeding of the gastric varices, worsening of esophageal varices and complications in each group.RESULTS: The BRTO, PTO, and combined therapy were technically successful in 81% (75/93), 44% (8/18),and 100% (10/10) patients, respectively. Recurrence of gastric varices was found in 3 patients in the BRTO group and in 3 patients in the PTO group. Rebleeding was observed in 1 patient in the BRTO group and in 1 patient in the PTO group. The 1- and 3-year survival rates were 98% and 87% in the patients without hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in the BRTO group, 100% and 100% in the PTO group, and 90% and 75% in the combined therapy group, respectively.CONCLUSION: Combined BRTO and PTO therapy may rescue cases with uncontrollable gastric fundal varices that remained even after treatment with BRTO and/or PTO, though there were limitations of our study,including retrospective nature and discrepancy in sample size between the BRTO, PTO and combined therapy groups.

  6. Eosinophilic esophagitis

    Anand R Gupte; Peter V Draganov


    Eosinophilic esophagitis is increasingly recognized in adults. The diagnosis is based on the presence of both typical symptoms and pathologic findings on esophageal biopsy. Patients usually present with dysphagia, food impaction and/or reflux-like symptoms, and biopsy of the esophagus shows more than 15 eosinophils per high-power field. In addition,it is essential to exclude the presence of known causes of tissue eosinophilia such as gastroesophageal reflux disease, infections, malignancy, collagen vascular diseases, hypersensitivity, and inflammatory bowel disease. There are no standardized protocols for the therapy of eosinophilic esophagitis. A variety of therapeutic approaches including acid suppression, dietary modi f icat ions, topical cor t icosteroids and endoscopic dilation can be used alone or in combination.

  7. Characteristics of paraesophageal varices: A study with 64-row multidetector computed tomograghy portal venography

    Li-Qin Zhao; Wen He; Guang Chen


    AIM:To identify the charactedsUcs of morphology,location and collateral circulation involved in paraesophageal varices (para-EV) of portal hypertension patients with 64-row multidetector computed tomograghy (MDCT).METHODS:Fifty-two of 501 patients with portal hypertensive cirrhosis accompanied with esophageal varices were selected for 64-row MDCT examination after the observation of para-EV.The CT protocol included unenhanced,arterial and portal phases with a slice thickness of 0.625 mm and a scanning field of 2 cm above the bifurcation to the lower edge of kidney.The CT portal venography (CTPV) was reformatted on AW4.3 workstation.The characteristics of origination,location,morphology and collateral circulation in para-EV were observed.RESULTS:Among the 52 cases of para-EV,50 showed the originations from the posterior branch of left gastric vein,while the others from the anterior branch.Fifty cases demonstrated their locations close to the esophagealgastric junction,and the other two cases were extended to the inferior bifurcation of the trachea.The circuitous pattern was observed in 16 cases,while reticulated pattern was seen in 36 cases.Collateral circulation identified 4 cases of single periesophageal varices (peri-EV) communication,3 cases of single hemiazygous vein,one case of single inferior vena cava,41 cases of mixed type (collateral communications of at least 2 of above mentioned types) and 3 cases of undetermined communications.Among all the cases,43 patients showed the communications between para-EV and peri-EV,while hemiazygous vein (43 cases) and inferior vena cava (5 cases) were also involved.CONCLUSION:Sixty-four-row multidetector computed tomograghy portal venography could display the location,morphology,origin,and collateral types of paraEV,which provides important and referable information for clinical management and disease prognosis.

  8. Renal varices. Diagnosis with CT scan and treatment with embolization; Varices renales. Deagnostic tomodensitometrique et traitement par embolisation

    Lenoir, S.; Strauss, Ch.; Fontanelle, L.; Bouzar, N.; Veillon, B.; Vallancien, G.; Palou, R. [Institut Mutualiste Montsouris, 75 - Paris (France)


    Two cases of recurrent macroscopic Hematuria in which the diagnosis of left renal vein varices was suggested on CT are described. Bloody efflux was seen from the left ureteric orifice. On CT scans, tubulated contrast-enhanced densities in left perirenal fat were seen. Selective renal angiography was normal. Selective left renal phlebography demonstrated intra and perirenal varices. In the two cases, embolization with metallic coil was successfully performed during left renal phlebography, to stop renal varices flux. Diagnostic and therapeutic modalities of renal varices are discussed with predominant place for CT and phlebography. (authors). 13 refs.

  9. Update of endoscopy in liver disease: More than just treating varices

    Christoforos Krystallis; Gail S Masterton; Peter C Hayes; John N Plevris


    The management of complications in liver disease is often complex and challenging. Endoscopy has undergone a period of rapid expansion with numerous novel and specialized endoscopic modalities that are of increasing value in the investigation and management of the patient with liver disease. In this review, relevant literature search and expert opinions have been used to provide a brief overview and update of the current endoscopic management of patients with liver disease and portal hypertension. The main areas covered are safety of endoscopy in patients with liver disease, the use of standard endoscopy for the treatment of varices and the role of new endoscopic modalities such as endoscopic ultrasound, esophageal capsule, argon plasma coagulation, spyglass and endomicroscopy in the investigation and treatment of liver-related gastrointestinal and biliary pathology. It is clear that the role of the endoscopy in liver disease is well beyond that of just treating varices. As the technology in endoscopy expands, so does the role of the endoscopist in liver disease.

  10. Therapeutic effects of endoscopic variceal ligation combined with partial splenic embolization for portal hypertension

    Rui-Yun Xu; Bo Liu; Nan Lin


    AIM: To evaluate the feasibility of a new strategy of endoscopic variceal ligation combined with partial splenic embolization (EVL-PSE) for patients with cirrhosis and portal hypertension.METHODS: From May 1999 to May 2002, 41 cases with cirrhosis and portal hypertension underwent EVL-PSE.Hemodynamics of the main portal vein (MPV), the left gastric vein (LGV) and azygos vein, including maximum velocity,flow rate and vein diameter, were assessed by Doppler ultrasonography.RESULTS: One case died from pulmonary artery embolism.One case complicated with splenic abscess was successfully managed by laparotomy. The esophageal varices and hypersplenism were well controlled after EVL-PSE in other patients. After EVL-PSE, the flow rate and velocity of MPV was significantly reduced (P<0.05), as well as the flow rate of the LGV and azygos vein. During the follow-up, no recurrent bleeding was found.CONCLUSION: Being more convenient and less invasive,EVL-PSE is hopeful to be a proper intervention strategy for portal hypertensive patients with impaired hepatic function or those intolerant to shunting or devascularization surgery.


    Orloff, Marshall J.; Isenberg, Jon I.; Wheeler, Henry O.; Haynes, Kevin S.; Jinich-Brook, Horacio; Rapier, Roderick; Vaida, Florin; Hye, Robert J.; Orloff, Susan L.


    Background It has been proposed that portal-systemic shunts be avoided in alcoholic cirrhotics because survival rate is allegedly lower in alcoholics than in nonalcoholics. We examined this issue in a randomized controlled trial. Methods 211 unselected, consecutive patients with cirrhosis and bleeding esophageal varices were randomized to endoscopic sclerotherapy (EST) (n=106) or emergency portacaval shunt (EPCS) (105). Treatment was initiated within 8 hours. EST failure was treated by rescue PCS. 10-yr follow-up was 96%. Results Results strongly favored EPCS over EST (p<0.001). Among EPCS patients, 83% were alcoholic and 17% nonalcoholic. Outcomes were (1) permanent control of bleeding 100% vs. 100%; (2) 5-yr survival 71% vs.78%; (3) encephalopathy 14% vs. 19%; (4) yearly charges $38,300 vs. $43,000. Conclusions EPCS results were similar in alcoholic and nonalcoholic cirrhotics. EPCS is an effective first line emergency treatment in all forms of cirrhosis, including alcoholic. PMID:21195430

  12. Upper gastrointestinal bleeding etiology score for predicting variceal and non-variceal bleeding

    Supot Pongprasobchai; Sireethorn Nimitvilai; Jaroon Chasawat; Sathaporn Manatsathit


    AIM: To identify clinical parameters, and develop an Upper Gastrointesinal Bleeding (UGIB) Etiology Score for predicting the types of UGIB and validate the score.METHODS: Patients with UGIB who underwent endoscopy within 72 h were enrolled. Clinical and basic laboratory parameters were prospectively collected.Predictive factors for the types of UGIB were identified by univariate and multivariate analyses and were used to generate the UGIB Etiology Score. The best cutoff of the score was defined from the receiver operating curve and prospectively validated in another set of patients with UGIB.RESULTS: Among 261 patients with UGIB, 47 (18%) had variceal and 214 (82%) had non-variceal bleeding.Univariate analysis identified 27 distinct parameters significantly associated with the types of UGIB. Logistic regression analysis identified only 3 independent factors for predicting variceal bleeding;previous diagnosis of cirrhosis or signs of chronic liver disease (OR 22.4, 95% CI 8.3-60.4, P < 0.001), red vomitus (OR4.6, 95% CI 1.8-11.9, P = 0.02), and red nasogastric (NG) aspirate (OR 3.3, 95% CI 1.3-8.3, P = 0.011).The UGIB Etiology Score was calculated from (3.1 x previous diagnosis of cirrhosis or signs of chronic liver disease) + (1.5 × red vornitus) + (1.2 × red NG aspirate), when 1 and 0 are used for the presence and absence of each factor, respectively. Using a cutoff ≥ 3.1, the sensitivity, specificity, accuracy, positive predictive value (PPV), and negative predictive value (NPV) in predicting variceal bleeding were 85%, 81%,82%, 50%, and 96%, respectively. The score was prospectively validated in another set of 195 UGIB cases (46 variceal and 149 non-variceal bleeding). The PPV and NPV of a score ≥3.1 for variceal bleeding were 79% and 97%, respectively.CONCLUSION: The UGIB Etiology Score, composed of 3 parameters, using a cutoff ≥ 3.1 accurately predicted variceal bleeding and may help to guide the choice of initial therapy for UGIB before endoscopy.

  13. Esophageal cancer

    Mortensen, M. B.


    The distribution of adenocarcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas in esophageal cancer (EC) has changed, and focus directed towards tumors of the distal esophagus and the esophagogastric junction. The genetic events leading to EC are not fully clarified, but important risk factors have been...

  14. Herpetic Esophagitis in Immunocompetent Medical Student

    Andréia Vidica Marinho; Vinícius Mendes Bonfim; Luciana Rodrigues De Alencar; Sebastião Alves Pinto; João Alves de Araújo Filho


    Esophagitis caused by herpes simplex virus (HSV) is often documented during periods of immunosuppression in patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV); it is rare in immunocompetent diagnosed patients. Case reports of herpetic esophagitis in students of health sciences are extremely rare. The disease presents with a clinical picture characterized by acute odynophagia and retrosternal pain without obvious causes and ulcers, evidenced endoscopically in the middistal esophagus. Di...

  15. Clinical and dosimetric factors of radiation-induced esophageal injury: Radiation-induced esophageal toxicity

    Wen-Bo Qiao; Yan-Hui Zhao; Yan-Bin Zhao; Rui-Zhi Wang


    AIM: To analyze the clinical and dosimetric predictive factors for radiation-induced esophageal injury in patients with non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) during threedimensional conformal radiotherapy (3D-CRT). METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed 208 consecutive patients (146 men and 62 women) with NSCLC treated with 3D-CRT. The median age of the patients was 64 years (range 35-87 years). The clinical and treatment parameters including gender, age, performance status, sequential chemotherapy, concurrent chemotherapy, presence of carinal or subcarinal lymph nodes, pretreatment weight loss, mean dose to the entire esophagus, maximal point dose to the esophagus, and percentage of volume of esophagus receiving >55 Gy were studied. Clinical and dosimetric factors for radiation-induced acute and late grade 3-5 esophageal injury were analyzed according to Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) criteria.RESULTS: Twenty-five (12%) of the two hundred and eight patients developed acute or late grade 3-5 esophageal injury. Among them, nine patients had both acute and late grade 3-5 esophageal injury, two died of late esophageal perforation. Concurrent chemotherapy and maximal point dose to the esophagus ≥60 Gy were significantly associated with the risk of grade 3-5 esophageal injury. Fifty-four (26%) of the two hundred and eight patients received concurrent chemotherapy. Among them, 25 (46%) developed grade 3-5 esophageal injury (P = 0.0001<0.01). However, nograde 3-5 esophageal injury occurred in patients who received a maximal point dose to the esophagus <60 Gy (P= 0.0001<0.01).CONCLUSION: Concurrent chemotherapy and the maximal esophageal point dose ≥60 Gy are significantly associated with the risk of grade 3-5 esophageal injury in patients with NSCLC treated with 3D-CRT.

  16. Effects of octreotide on lower esophageal sphincter in patients with cirrhosis and portal hypertension.

    Barrioz, T; Borderie, C; Strock, P; Ingrand, P; Fort, E; Silvain, C; Beauchant, M


    We investigated the effects of octreotide infusion on the contractile activity of the esophageal body and lower esophageal sphincter in cirrhotic patients with esophageal varices. Esophageal manometry was performed in 36 alcoholic cirrhotic patients. They were randomly allocated to three groups and received the following treatments blindly for 90 min: an initial 100-microg intravenous bolus followed by a continuous 25 microg/hr octreotide infusion (group I, N= 13), a continuous 25 micro/hr octreotide infusion without an initial bolus (group II, N=13), and a continuous placebo infusion (group III, N=10). Before drug infusion, mean lower esophageal sphincter pressure and mean esophageal body contraction pressure and duration were similar in the three groups. Compared to the placebo group, lower esophageal sphincter pressure increased significantly in groups I and II, 30 min (30%, 22%, 3% respectively; P= 0.006), 60 min (44%, 35%, 0.6%; P=0.0002), and 90 min (67%, 41%, 2.5%; P=0.0001) after octreotide infusion, as did esophageal body contraction pressure and duration. We conclude that octreotide has a potent effect on LES tone in cirrhotic patients.

  17. The spectrum of benign esophageal lesions: imaging findings

    Jang, Kyung Mi; Lee, Kyung Soo; Lee, Soon Jin; Kim, Eun A; Kim, Tae Sung; Han, Dae Hee; Shim, Young Mog [Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    Benign esophageal lesions occur in various diseases. Barium studies are useful for the evaluation of mucosal surface lesions but provide little information about the extramucosal extent of disease. Computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging, on the other hand, permit the assessment of wall thickness, mediastinal involvement, adjacent lymphadenopathy, and distant spread. In diseases such as fibrovascular polyps, duplication cysts, scleroderma, trauma, caustic esophagitis, hiatal hernia, esophageal diverticulum, achalasia, and paraesophageal varices, the findings of imaging studies are specific, obviating the need for further invasive diagnostic work-up. The advent of helical computed tomography and its volume data set allows the acquisition of multiplanar images, and magnetic resonance imaging is useful both for this and for tissue characterization. Thus, multiplanar cross-sectional imaging further extends the role of imaging modalities to the evaluation of benign esophageal lesions. Through an awareness of the multiplanar cross-sectional appearances of various benign esophageal lesions, the radiologist can play an important role in the detection, diagnosis, further diagnostic planning, and treatment of the diseases in which they occur.

  18. 咽部表面麻醉与清醒镇静及静脉麻醉下行食管静脉曲张结扎术的对比研究%Endoscopic esophageal varices ligation under topical anesthesia,sedation with consciousness or intravenous anesthesia:a comparison between three anesthetic methods

    吴俊超; 罗俊; 王晓; 王维; 王一平


    目的 探讨咽部表面麻醉、清醒镇静和静脉麻醉下行食管静脉曲张结扎术(EVL)的有效性、安全性.方法 选择同期咽部表面麻醉组(盐酸利多卡因凝胶含服)、清醒镇静组(咪唑安定+芬太尼)和静脉麻醉组(丙泊酚)患者各50例,观察内镜操作的方便性、患者的耐受性、EVL的效果、操作时间和不良反应.结果 咽部表面麻醉组50例均完成EVL治疗,术中40例(80%)出现恶心呕吐反应,9例(18%)有自主拔管行为,10例(20%)食管入口黏膜损伤,4例(8%)术中出现较大量出血.清醒镇静组50例均顺利完成EVL治疗,术中7例(14%)出现轻度恶心反应,无术中出血,5例(10%)出现食管入口黏膜轻度损伤.静脉麻醉组50例均顺利完成EVL治疗,术中患者无任何反应,术中平均血压明显低于术前(P<0.05),呼吸、心率均比术前减慢,但差异无统计学意义(P>0.05).操作时间静脉麻醉组略短,但3组间差异无统计学意义(P>0.05).结论 清醒镇静和静脉麻醉均比咽部表面麻醉操作方便,患者耐受性好,术中不良反应少,但由于静脉麻醉对呼吸循环有明显影响,故综合比较,清醒镇静下行EVL安全、有效,不良反应少,费用低,可首先采用.%Objective To compare the efficacy and safety of topical anesthesia,conscious sedation and intravenous anesthesia during endoscopic varices ligation(EVL).Methods Patients underwent EVL were divided into 3 groups to receive different anesthetic methods,namely topical anesthesia,conscious sedation and intravenous anesthesia,with 50 subjects in each group.The changes of vital signs,the tolerance to stimulation of the procedure,the time of operation,the rate of complication were recorded and compared between 3 groups.Results The procedure of EVL were completed in all patients.In topical anesthesia group,40(80%)patients had nausea and vomiting,9 cases(1 8%)tried to pull out the endoscopy.The mucosa at the entrance of the esophagus were injured

  19. Dangers to Children at Home: Corrosive esophageal burn

    Ahmet Guven


    Full Text Available Inappropriate storage of cleaners which excessively used in daily is hazardous to children. Ingestion of potent corrosive agents, especially alkaline solutions may lead to acute esophageal burns, esophageal or stomach perforation, and even to death. Early of these injuries may be associated with esophageal strictures in later and the treatment of strictures might be and take long follow-up. This article reviews related issues on the diagnosis and management of esophageal burns, strictures and preventive medicine in children. [TAF Prev Med Bull 2008; 7(6.000: 535-540

  20. Human thrombin for the treatment of gastric and ectopic varices

    Norma C McAvoy; John N Plevris; Peter C Hayes


    AIM:To evaluate the efficacy of human thrombin in the treatment of bleeding gastric and ectopic varices.METHODS:Retrospective observational study in a Tertiary Referral Centre.Between January 1999-October 2005,we identified 37 patients who were endoscopically treated with human thrombin injection therapy for bleeding gastric and ectopic varices.Patient details including age,gender and aetiology of liver disease/ segmental portal hypertension were documented.The thrombin was obtained from the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service and prepared to give a solution of 250 IU/mL which was injected via a standard injection needle.All patient case notes were reviewed and the total dose of thrombin given along with the number of endoscopy sessions was recorded.Initial haemostasis rates,rebleeding rates and mortality were catalogued along with the incidence of any immediate complications which could be attributable to the thrombin therapy.The duration of follow up was also listed.The study was conducted according to the United Kingdom research ethics guidelines.RESULTS:Thirty-seven patients were included.33 patients (89%) had thrombin (250 U/mL) for gastric varices,2 (5.4%) for duodenal varices,1 for rectal varices and 1 for gastric and rectal varices.(1) Gastric varices,an average of 15.2 mL of thrombin was used per patient.Re-bleeding occurred in 4 patients (10.8%),managed in 2 by a transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPSS) (one unsuccessfully who died) and in other 2 by a distal splenorenal shunt; (2) Duodenal varices (or type 2 isolated gastric varices),an average of 12.5 mL was used per patient over 2-3 endoscopy sessions.Re-bleeding occurred in one patient,which was treated by TIPSS; and (3) Rectal varices,an average of 18.3 mL was used per patient over 3 endoscopy sessions.No re-bleeding occurred in this group.CONCLUSION:Human thrombin is a safe,easy to use and effective therapeutic option to control haemorrhage from gastric and ectopic varices.

  1. Fallot′s tetralogy presenting with variceal bleed.

    Kejariwal D


    Full Text Available The erythrocytosis of Fallot′s tetralogy may lead to spontaneous thrombosis at any site, but splenic vein thrombosis and variceal bleed is rarely a presentation of Fallot′s tetralogy. A case of a 48 years old female with undiagnosed Fallot′s tetralogy, presenting with variceal bleed due to splenic vein thrombosis, is reported. It is also interesting to note that the patient survived till this age without any medical or surgical treatment.

  2. 急性非静脉曲张性上消化道出血诊治指南(2009,杭州)%Guideline on managements of acute non-variceal upper gastrointestinal bleeding(2009,Hangzhou)

    《中华内科杂志》编委会; 《中华消化杂志》编委会; 《中华消化内镜杂志》编委会; 李兆申; 杜奕奇; 湛先保


    @@ 一、定义 急性非静脉曲张性上消化道出血(acute nonvariceal upper gastrointestinal bleeding,ANVUGIB)系指屈氏韧带以上消化道非静脉曲张性疾患引起的出血,包括胰管或胆管的出血和胃空肠吻合术后吻合口附近疾患引起的出血,年发病率为(50~150)/10万,病死率为6%~10%[2-3].

  3. Epidemiologic aspects in esophageal pathology focusing on gastroesophageal reflux disease and Barrett’s esophagus

    George Săraci


    Full Text Available Objective: To determine the main epidemiologic characteristics of esophageal pathology,insisting on gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD, Barrett’s esophagus (BE and to evaluate therelationship between these conditions and some widely spread risk factors. Material and methods: Datawere collected from clinical file records archive, endoscopy reports and histopatologic reports and slidesfor 8225 patients (01.01.2005-31.07.2007 who presented esophageal changes during upper digestiveendoscopy. We used Kolmogorov-Smirnov test to assess the normality of variables distribution and thenwe used parametric or non-parametric tests along with multivariate analysis. Results: BE is associatedwith male sex (r=0.039; pHelicobacter pylori (Hp infection(r=0.024; p=0.02. Age is not an important factor (OR=0.99; p=0.03. Presence of sliding hiatal hernia(SHH is influenced by body mass index (r=0.533; p<0.001 and female sex (p=0.001. SHH sizeinfluences the severity of esophagitis (r=0.04; p<0.01. The most frequent type of metaplasia is theincomplete intestinal one and the most frequent form of esophageal cancer is adenocarcinoma.Conclusion: BE is associated positively with GERD, esophagitis, male sex and negatively with Hp andesophageal varices. SHH influences severity of esophagitis and is more frequent in female patients.Adenocarcinoma is more frequent that squamous esophageal cancer.

  4. Esophageal Strictures in Children

    Ahmad Bazrafshan


    Conclusion: Anastomotic stricture after surgical repair of esophageal atresia comprised the most common cause of esophageal stricture. Proximal esophagus was the most common site of stricture. Most of the patients recovered with dilatation, surgery, or a combination of the two.

  5. A study comparing tolerability, satisfaction and acceptance of three different techniques for esophageal endoscopy: sedated conventional, unsedated peroral ultra thin, and esophageal capsule.

    Nakos, G; Karagiannis, S; Ballas, S; Galanis, P; Alevizopoulos, G; Nakos, A; Mavrogiannis, C


    Three methods of esophagoscopy are available until now: sedated conventional endoscopy, unsedated ultrathin endoscopy, and esophageal capsule endoscopy. The three methods carry comparable diagnostic accuracy and different complication rates. Although all of them have been found well accepted from patients, no comparative study comprising the three techniques has been published. The aim of this study was to compare the three methods of esophagoscopy regarding tolerability, satisfaction, and acceptance. Twenty patients with large esophageal varices and 10 with gastroesophageal reflux disease were prospectively included. All patients underwent consecutively sedated conventional endoscopy, unsedated ultrathin endoscopy, and esophageal capsule endoscopy. After each procedure, patients completed a seven-item questionnaire. The total positive attitude of patients toward all methods was high. However, statistical analysis revealed the following differences in favor of esophageal capsule endoscopy: (i) total positive attitude has been found higher (chi(2)= 18.2, df = 2, P= 0.00), (ii) less patients felt pain (chi(2)= 6.9, df = 2, P= 0.03) and discomfort (chi(2)= 22.1, df = 2, P= 0.00), (iii) less patients experienced difficulty (chi(2)= 13.7, df = 2, P= 0.01), and (iv) more patients were willing to undergo esophageal capsule endoscopy in the future (chi(2)= 12.1, df = 2, P= 0.002). Esophageal capsule endoscopy was characterized by a more positive general attitude and caused less pain and discomfort. Sedated conventional endoscopy has been found more difficult. More patients would repeat esophageal capsule endoscopy in the future. Patients' total position for all three available techniques for esophageal endoscopy was excellent and renders the observed advantage of esophageal capsule endoscopy over both sedated conventional and unsedated ultrathin endoscopy a statistical finding without a real clinical benefit.

  6. Visualization of gastric varices using angiographic C-arm CT during retrograde transvenous sclerotherapy

    Iwazawa Jin


    Full Text Available During retrograde transvenous sclerotherapy for gastric varices, sufficient opacification of the target varices on venography is essential for successful treatment. However, venography sometimes cannot identify target varices due to overlapping adjacent collateral vessels or leakage of contrast medium to other outflow veins. We report how C-arm CT images acquired using a flat-panel detector angiography system helped to identify target varices and predict the distribution of a sclerosant, which resulted in safer sclerotherapy and increased operator confidence.

  7. Meta-analysis: banding ligation and medical interventions for the prevention of rebleeding from oesophageal varices

    Thiele, Maja; Krag, A; Rohde, Ulrich;


    In patients with oesophageal varices, the combination of endoscopic variceal ligation (EVL) and medical therapy is recommended as standard of care for prevention of rebleeding. The results of previous meta-analyses on this topic are equivocal.......In patients with oesophageal varices, the combination of endoscopic variceal ligation (EVL) and medical therapy is recommended as standard of care for prevention of rebleeding. The results of previous meta-analyses on this topic are equivocal....

  8. Validation of an Endoscopic Fibre-Optic Pressure Sensor for Noninvasive Measurement of Variceal Pressure

    Bin Sun


    Full Text Available In this study, the authors have developed endoscopic fibre-optic pressure sensor to detect variceal pressure and presented the validation of in vivo and in vitro studies, because the HVPG requires catheterization of hepatic veins, which is invasive and inconvenient. Compared with HVPG, it is better to measure directly the variceal pressure without puncturing the varices in a noninvasive way.

  9. Color doppler findings of gastric varices compared with findings on computed tomography

    Sato, Takahiro; Yamazaki, Katsu; Toyota, Jouji; Karino, Yoshiyasu; Ohmura, Takumi; Suga, Toshihiro [Sapporo Kosei General Hospital (Japan)


    The aim of this study was to evaluate the hemodynamics of gastric varices. We evaluated the detection rates of gastric varices, inflowing vessels to gastric varices, and outflowing vessels from gastric varices in 24 patients with gastric varices, using color Doppler sonography, and compared these findings with computed tomography findings. Eighteen patients had F2-type varices and 6 had F3-type, classified according to the Japanese Research Society for Portal Hypertension. Fourteen patients had fundal varices, and 10 had cardiac and fundal varices. The detection rates of collateral veins using color Doppler sonography were as follows: gastric varices were detected in all 24 patients (100%); inflowing vessels, in 21 of the 24 patients (87.5%); and outflowing vessels, in 18 of the 24 patients (75.0%). The detection rates of collateral veins, using computed tomography, were: gastric varices were detected in all 24 patients (100%); inflowing vessels, in all 24 patients (100%); and outflowing vessles, in 21 of the 24 patients (87.5%). The color Doppler findings agreed perfectly with the computed tomography findings in 13 of the 24 patients (54.2%). Although color Doppler sonography is a useful, noninvasive modality for evaluating the hemodynamics of gastric varices, it falls short in visualizing the detailed hemodynamics of the inflowing and outflowing vessels of gastric varices in half of the patients when compared with computed tomography. (author)

  10. Safety of direct endoscopic necrosectomy in patients with gastric varices

    Andrew C Storm; Christopher C Thompson


    AIM: To determine the feasibility and safety of transgastric direct endoscopic necrosectomy(DEN) in patients with walled-off necrosis(WON) and gastric varices. METHODS: A single center retrospective study of consecutive DEN for WON was performed from 2012 to 2015. All DEN cases with gastric fundal varices noted on endoscopy, computed tomography(CT) or magnetic resonance imaging(MRI) during the admission for DEN were collected for analysis. In all cases, external urethral sphincter(EUS) with doppler was used to exclude the presence of intervening gastric varices or other vascular structures prior to 19 gauge fine-needle aspiration(FNA) needle access into the cavity. The tract was serially dilated to 20 mm and was entered with an endoscope for DEN. Pigtail stents were placed to facilitate drainage of the cavity. Procedure details were recorded. Comprehensive chart review was performed to evaluate for complications and WON recurrence. RESULTS: Fifteen patients who underwent DEN for WON had gastric varices at the time of their procedure. All patients had an INR 50. Of these patients, 11 had splenic vein thrombosis and 2 had portal vein thrombosis. Two patients had isolated gastric varices, type 1 and the remaining 13 had > 5 mm gastric submucosal varices on imaging by CT, MRI or EUS. No procedures were terminated without completing the DEN for any reason. One patient had self-limited intraprocedural bleeding related to balloon dilation of the tract. Two patients experienced delayed bleeding at 2 and 5 d post-op respectively. One required no therapy or intervention and the other received 1unit transfusion and had an EGD which revealed no active bleeding. Resolution rate of WON was 100%(after up to 2 additional DEN in one patient) and no patients required interventional radiology or surgical interventions. CONCLUSION: In patients with WON and gastric varices, DEN using EUS and doppler guidance may be performed safely. Successful resolution of WON does not appear to be

  11. Embolisation of acute abdominal and thoracal bleeding with ethylene-vinyl-alcohol copolymer (Onyx {sup registered}); Embolisation akuter abdomineller und thorakaler Blutungen mit Ethylen-Vinyl-Alkohol-Kopolymer (Onyx {sup registered}). Erste Erfahrungen im arteriellen Gefaessgebiet des Koerperstamms

    Adamus, R.; Uder, M.; Kleinschmidt, T.; Detmar, K.; Bolte, R.; Stein, H.; Loose, R.W.


    During the last years most embolizations with the liquid agent Onyx have been performed in the field of neuroradiological interventions. There is minimal experience with arterial embolizations of the body trunk. 23 patients suffering from acute abdominal or thoracic bleeding underwent 28 embolizations with Onyx (17 male, 6 female, mean age 69 years). 27 interventions were technically and clinically successful. One patient with rebleeding from a jejunal artery aneurysm underwent surgery. Onyx embolizations were performed in renal, hepatic, iliac and bronchial arteries and esophageal varices. Compared with prior embolisation agents Onyx offers advantages due to good controllability. Fast arterial occlusion improves time management of patients. In comparison with prior techniques we observed a significant reduction of fluoroscopy time. Quantitative measurements demonstrated a significant higher embolisation agent contrast. (orig.)


    Sanjay Gupta


    Full Text Available Gastric varices are noted in up to 20 % of patents with portal hypertension , and are more common in those with non - cirrhotic etiology 1 . They bleed at lower portal pressures , bleed more severely and are associated with higher rates of rebleed , encephalopathy and mortality 1,2,3 . Variceal obliteration using tissue adhesives such as N - butyl cyanoacrylate leading to plugging and thrombosis of the gastric varices is currently the first line management option for obliteration of the gastric varices 3 . Although various options have been proposed , gold standard for management of gastric variceal bleeds is yet to be defined. We theorized that injection of the gastric varices using thrombin based glue followed by injection of a sclerosant shall be effective in optimum sclerotherapy and eradication of gastric varices. MATERIAL AND METHODS : All patients presenting with gastric variceal bleed were offered sclerotherapy with Thrombin fibrin based glue and sclerosant (TFG/S . During the study period 18 patients were enrolled in the TGF/S group. 21 patients underwent variceal plugging with n - butyl cyanoacrylate (NBC . There was no significant difference in age/ sex , duration of bleed or time interval between onset of bleed and endotherapy. RESULTS: Patients undergoing endotherapy with TGF/S had less episodes of bleed , and greater eradication of varices. CONCLUSION: The results with thrombin / fibrin glue and sclerotherapy are highly encouraging. Well - designed trials need to be performed KEYWORDS:Gastric varices; Thrombin Sclerotherapy

  13. Three benefits of microcatheters for retrograde transvenous obliteration of gastric varices

    Tetsuo Sonomura; Wataru Ono; Morio Sato; Shinya Sahara; Kouhei Nakata; Hiroki Sanda; Nobuyuki Kawai


    AIM:To evaluate the usefulness of the microcatheter techniques in balloon-occluded retrograde transvenous obliteration (BRTO) of gastric varices.METHODS:Fifty-six patients with gastric varices underwent BRTOs using microcatheters.A balloon catheter was inserted into gastrorenal or gastrocaval shunts.A microcatheter was navigated close to the varices,and sclerosant was injected into the varices through the microcatheter during balloon occlusion.The next morning,thrombosis of the varices was evaluated by contrast enhanced computed tomography (CE-CT).In patients with incomplete thrombosis of the varices,a second BRTO was performed the following day.Patients were followed up with CE-CT and endoscopy.RESULTS:In all 56 patients,sclerosant was selectively injected through the microcatheter close to the varices.In 9 patients,microcoil embolization of collateral veins was performed using a microcatheter.In 12 patients with incomplete thrombosis of the varices,additional injection of sclerosant was performed through the microcatheter that remained inserted overnight.Complete thrombosis of the varices was achieved in 51 of 56 patients,and the remaining 5 patients showed incomplete thrombosis of the varices.No recurrence of the varices was found in the successful 51 patients after a median follow up time of 10.5 mo.We experienced one case of liver necrosis,and the other complications were transient.CONCLUSION:The microcatheter techniques are very effective methods for achieving a higher success rate of BRTO procedures.

  14. Development of risky varices in alcoholic cirrhosis with a well-maintained nutritional status

    Hirayuki; Enomoto; Yoshiyuki; Sakai; Yoshinori; Iwata; Ryo; Takata; Nobuhiro; Aizawa; Naoto; Ikeda; Kunihiro; Hasegawa; Chikage; Nakano; Takashi; Nishimura; Kazunori; Yoh; Akio; Ishii; Tomoyuki; Takashima; Hiroki; Nishikawa; Hiroko; Iijima; Shuhei; Nishiguchi


    AIM: To compare the nutritional status between alcoholic compensated cirrhotic patients and hepatitis C virus(HCV)-related cirrhotic patients with portal hypertension.METHODS: A total of 21 patients with compensated cirrhosis(14 with HCV-related cirrhosis and seven with alcoholic cirrhosis) who had risky esophageal varices were investigated. In addition to physical variables, including the body mass index, triceps skinfold thickness, and arm-muscle circumference, the nutritional status was also assessed using the levels of pre-albumin(pre-ALB), retinol-binding protein(RBP) and non-protein respiratory quotient(NPRQ) measured with an indirect calorimeter.RESULTS: A general assessment for the nutritional status with physical examinations did not show a significant difference between HCV-related cirrhosis and alcoholic cirrhosis. However, the levels of pre-ALB and RBP in alcoholic compensated cirrhotic patients were significantly higher than those in HCV-related compensated cirrhotic patients. In addition, the frequency of having a normal nutritional status(NPRQ ≥ 0.85 and ALB value > 3.5 g/d L) in alcoholic compensated cirrhotic patients was significantly higher than that in HCV-related compensated cirrhotic patients.CONCLUSION: According to our small scale study, alcoholic compensated cirrhotic patients can develop severe portal hypertension even with a relatively well-maintained liver function and nutritional status compared with HCV-related cirrhosis.

  15. 肺癌超分割同步放化疗致急性放射性食管炎的研究%Research on Hyperfractionated Accelerated Radiotherapy-induced Acute Radiation Esophagitis in Lung Cancer

    蓝柳; 杨春旭; 莫玉珍; 苏毅; 宁四海


    目的 观察超分割同步放化疗治疗局部晚期非小细胞肺癌(NSCLC)患者放射性食管炎的发生情况,评价其安全性,探讨超分割放疗导致放射性食管炎损伤的有效预测指标.方法 初治NSCLC 48例,采用超分割同步放化疗24例,放疗剂量:56.0~64.4 Gy/40~46次,1.4 Gy/次,2次/d;常规分割同步放化疗24例,放疗剂量:60.0~66 Gy/30~33次,2.0 Gy/次,1次/d.两组均接受依托泊苷+顺铂(EP)方案同步化疗.采用RTOG标准评价急性放射性食管炎发生情况,分析急性放射性食管炎的相关临床及物理因素.结果 48例患者均完成治疗计划.超分割组≥2级和≥3急性放射性食管炎发生率高于对照组(P<0.05).急性放射性食管炎最早在第10天发生,累计剂量为22.4 Gy,在疗程的第17天后其发生率明显上升.超分割组中食管LETT30、LETT35、V35与≥2级急性放射性食管炎显著相关(P<0.01).结论 超分割同步放化疗治疗NSCLC急性放射性食管炎的发生率及严重程度较常规分割同步放化疗明显增加,并且发生时间早;食管LETT30、LETT35、V35和周累计剂量是预测超分割同步放化疗致急性放射性食管炎的可靠指标.%Objective To observed the incidence of acute radiation esophagitis and analyze the factors as predictors of acute radiotherapy-induced acute radiation esophagitis for locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer( LA-NSCLC )patients treated with 3DCRT were reviewed. To analyze the efficacy and safety of hyperfractionated accelerated radiotherapy for the treatment of lung cancer and assess effective indexes in those patient. Methods Forty eight patients with LA-NSCLC were allocated to treatment group( 24 cases ), treated with hyperfractionated accelerated radiotherapy.Radiotherapy was delivered at 1. 4 Gy/fraction ,56. 0 - 64. 4 Gy/40 - 45 fractions , twice a day. The control group( 24 cases )treated with conventional fractionation , with delivered at 2 Gy fraction , 60. 0

  16. Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) versus endoscopic variceal ligation in the prevention of variceal rebleeding in patients with cirrhosis: a randomised trial


    BACKGROUND AND AIMS—The transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) is a new therapeutic modality for variceal bleeding. In this study we compared the two year survival and rebleeding rates in cirrhotic patients treated by either variceal band ligation or TIPS for variceal bleeding.
METHODS—Eighty cirrhotic patients (Pugh score 7-12) with variceal bleeding were randomly allocated to TIPS (n=41) or ligation (n=39), 24 hours after control of bleeding.
RESULTS—Mean follow up was 581 day...

  17. Herpetic Esophagitis in Immunocompetent Medical Student

    Andréia Vidica Marinho


    Full Text Available Esophagitis caused by herpes simplex virus (HSV is often documented during periods of immunosuppression in patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV; it is rare in immunocompetent diagnosed patients. Case reports of herpetic esophagitis in students of health sciences are extremely rare. The disease presents with a clinical picture characterized by acute odynophagia and retrosternal pain without obvious causes and ulcers, evidenced endoscopically in the middistal esophagus. Diagnosis depends on endoscopy, biopsies for pathology studies, and immunohistochemistry techniques. The disease course is often benign; however, treatment with acyclovir speeds the disappearance of symptoms and limits the severity of infection. In this report, we present a case of herpetic esophagitis in an immunocompetent medical student, with reference to its clinical features, diagnosis, and treatment. The disease may have manifested as a result of emotional stress experienced by the patient.

  18. Esophageal lichen planus

    Oliveira,Janine Pichler de; Uribe, Natalia Caballero; Abulafia,Luna Azulay; Quintella, Leonardo Pereira


    Abstract Lichen planus is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the skin, mucous membranes, nails and scalp. Esophageal lichen planus is a rarely reported manifestation of lichen planus, presenting itself commonly in middle-aged women, with symptoms such as dysphagia. We report a case of esophageal lichen planus in a 54-year-old woman associated with oral, cutaneous and ungual lichen planus. Although lichen planus is a disorder well known by dermatologists, reports of esophageal lichen ...

  19. Esophageal capsule endoscopy

    Ignacio Fernandez-Urien; Cristina Carretero; Raul Armendariz; Miguel Mu(n)oz-Navas


    Capsule endoscopy is now considered as the first imaging tool for small bowel examination.Recently,new capsule endoscopy applications have been developed,such as esophageal capsule endoscopy and colon capsule endoscopy.Esophageal capsule endoscopy in patients with suspected esophageal disorders is feasible and safe,and could be also an alternative procedure in those patients refusing upper endoscopy.Although large-scale studies are needed to confirm its utility in GERD and cirrhotic patients,current results are encouraging and open a new era in esophageal examination.

  20. Esophageal lichen planus.

    Oliveira, Janine Pichler de; Uribe, Natalia Caballero; Abulafia, Luna Azulay; Quintella, Leonardo Pereira


    Lichen planus is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the skin, mucous membranes, nails and scalp. Esophageal lichen planus is a rarely reported manifestation of lichen planus, presenting itself commonly in middle-aged women, with symptoms such as dysphagia. We report a case of esophageal lichen planus in a 54-year-old woman associated with oral, cutaneous and ungual lichen planus. Although lichen planus is a disorder well known by dermatologists, reports of esophageal lichen planus are rare in dermatologic literature. The esophageal lichen planus is little known and underdiagnosed, with a significant delay between the onset of symptoms and diagnosis.

  1. Vulvar varices: an uncommon entity in surgical pathology.

    Bell, Diana; Kane, Philip B; Liang, Sharon; Conway, Christine; Tornos, Carmen


    Varicose veins in the vulvar and perivulvar area are seen in 4% of women. Most of them are secondary to pregnancy and usually regress spontaneously. Vulvar varicose veins are rare in nonpregnant women. When present, they can be seen alone, associated with leg varices or associated with venous malformations of the labia, clitoral area, or vagina with or without arteriovenous malformations on the limbs or trunk (Klippel-Trenaunay-Weber syndrome and Parkes-Weber syndrome). In some cases, vulvar varices are seen as part of the so-called "pelvic congestion syndrome." Clinically, vulvar varices may present as small isolated protrusions, mainly in the labia majora, or as large masses, involving the vulva and even the perivulvar area. The treatment of choice of vulvar varices seen during pregnancy is conservative and symptomatic. Surgical pathologists need to be aware of the existence of vulvar varicose veins and its possible presence in biopsy specimens. Vulvar varicose veins can be misdiagnosed clinically as cysts or masses mainly in the Bartholin gland area. Correct diagnosis of the lesion is important to determine appropriate therapy and to recognize the possibility of associated anatomical or pathological problems.

  2. Management of portal hypertension in children

    Roberto Gugig; Philip Rosenthal


    Portal hypertension can be caused by a wide variety of conditions.It frequently presents with bleeding from esophageal varices.The approach to acute variceal hemorrhage in children is a stepwise progression from least invasive to most invasive.Management of acute variceal bleeding is straightforward.But data on primary prophylaxis and long term management prevention of recurrent variceal bleeding in children is scarce,therefore prospective multicenter trials are needed to establish best practices.

  3. Acute upper gastrointestinal bleeding (UGIB) - initial evaluation and management.

    Khamaysi, Iyad; Gralnek, Ian M


    Acute upper gastrointestinal bleeding (UGIB) is the most common reason that the 'on-call' gastroenterologist is consulted. Despite the diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities of upper endoscopy, there is still significant associated morbidity and mortality in patients experiencing acute UGIB, thus this is a true GI emergency. Acute UGIB is divided into non-variceal and variceal causes. The most common type of acute UGIB is 'non-variceal' and includes diagnoses such as peptic ulcer (gastric and duodenal), gastroduodenal erosions, Mallory-Weiss tears, erosive oesophagitis, arterio-venous malformations, Dieulafoy's lesion, and upper GI tract tumours and malignancies. This article focuses exclusively on initial management strategies for acute upper GI bleeding. We discuss up to date and evidence-based strategies for patient risk stratification, initial patient management prior to endoscopy, potential causes of UGIB, role of proton pump inhibitors, prokinetic agents, prophylactic antibiotics, vasoactive pharmacotherapies, and timing of endoscopy.

  4. Brain metastasis from esophageal carcinoma

    Almasi Saeid


    Full Text Available Brain metastasis from esophageal carcinoma is rare. In our center, among 301 cases of esophageal cancer referred for radiotherapy during a 14-year period, brain metastasis from esophageal carcinoma was detected in one case. An unusual case of esophageal carcinoma that presented with brain metastasis is reported.

  5. Percutaneous transsplenic embolization of esophageal varices in a 5-year-old child

    Rasinska, G.; Wermenski, K.; Rajszys, P.

    A five-year-old girl with portal vein thrombosis and severe gastrointestinal hemorrhage recurring after repeated endoscopic sclerotherapy was successfully embolized via an ultrasonically guided transsplenic catheterization of the splenic vein.

  6. Successful endoscopic sclerotherapy for cholecystojejunostomy variceal bleeding in a patient with pancreatic head cancer

    Yu-Chun; Hsu; Hsu-Heng; Yen; Maw-Soan; Soon


    Variceal bleeding outside the esophagus and stomach is rare but important because of its difficult diagnosis and treatment.Bleeding from cholecystojejunostomy varices has been reported to be a late complication of palliative biliary surgery for chronic pancreatitis.Such ectopic variceal bleeding has never been reported after palliative surgery for pancreatic cancer,probably because of the limited lifespan of these patients. Herein,we report our successful experience using endoscopic cyanoacrylate sclerother...

  7. Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt combined with esophagogastric variceal embolization in the treatment of a large gastrorenal shunt

    Qin; Jiang; Ming-Quan; Wang; Guo-Bing; Zhang; Qiong; Wu; Jian-Ming; Xu; De-Run; Kong


    AIM: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt(TIPS) combined with stomach and esophageal variceal embolization(SEVE) in cirrhotic patients with a large gastrorenal vessel shunt(GRVS).METHODS: Eighty-one cirrhotic patients with gastric variceal bleeding(GVB) associated with a GRVS were enrolled in the study and accepted TIPS combined with SEVE(TIPS + SEVE), by which portosystemic pressuregradient(PPG), biochemical, TIPS-related complications, shunt dysfunction, rebleeding, and death were evaluated. RESULTS: The PPGs before TIPS were greater than 12 mmH g in 81 patients. TIPS + SEVE treatment caused a significant decrease in PPG(from 37.97 ± 6.36 mmH g to 28.15 ± 6.52 mm Hg, t = 19.22, P < 0.001). The percentage of reduction in PPG was greater than 20%from baseline. There were no significant differences in albumin, alanine aminotransferase, aspartate aminotransferase, bilirubin, prothrombin time, or Child-Pugh score before and after operation. In all patients, rebleeding rates were 3%, 6%, 12%, 18%, and 18% at 1,3, 6, 12, and 18 mo, respectively. Five patients(6.2%)were diagnosed as having hepatic encephalopathy. The rates of shunt dysfunction were 0%, 4%, 9%, 26%,and 26%, at 1, 3, 6, 12, and 18 mo, respectively. The cumulative survival rates in 1, 3, 6, 12, and 18 mo were100%, 100%, 95%, 90%, and 90%, respectively.CONCLUSION: Our preliminary results indicated that the efficacy and safety of TIPS + SEVE were satisfactory in cirrhotic patients with GVB associated with a GRVS(GVB + GRVS).

  8. Radiation Therapy, Paclitaxel, and Carboplatin With or Without Trastuzumab in Treating Patients With Esophageal Cancer


    Adenocarcinoma of the Gastroesophageal Junction; Esophageal Adenocarcinoma; Stage IB Esophageal Cancer; Stage IIA Esophageal Cancer; Stage IIB Esophageal Cancer; Stage IIIA Esophageal Cancer; Stage IIIB Esophageal Cancer

  9. [Surgical Removal of Migrated Coil after Embolization of Jejunal Variceal Bleeding: A Case Report].

    Kim, Junhwan; Lee, Danbi; Oh, Kyunghwan; Lee, Mingee; So, Seol; Yang, Dong Hoon; Kim, Chan Wook; Gwon, Dong Il; Chung, Young Hwa


    Jejunal variceal bleeding is less common compared with esophagogastric varices in patients with portal hypertension. However, jejunal variceal bleeding can be fatal without treatment. Treatments include surgery, transjugular intrahepatic porto-systemic shunt (TIPS), endoscopic sclerotherapy, percutaneous coil embolization, and balloon-occluded retrograde transvenous obliteration (BRTO). Percutaneous coil embolization can be considered as an alternative treatment option for those where endoscopic sclerotherapy, surgery, TIPS or BRTO are not possible. Complications of percutaneous coil embolization have been reported, including coil migration. Herein, we report a case of migration of the coil into the jejunal lumen after percutaneous coil embolization for jejunal variceal bleeding. The migrated coil was successfully removed using surgery.

  10. Supracardiac type total anomalous pulmonary venous connection (TAPVC) with oesophageal varices

    Park, Ji Ae; Lee, Hyoung Doo; Ban, Ji Eun; Jo, Min Jung [Pusan National University School of Medicine, Department of Paediatrics, Medical Research Institute, Pusan National University Hospital, Busan (Korea); Sung, Si Chan; Chang, Yun Hee [Pusan National University School of Medicine, Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Medical Research Institute, Pusan National University Hospital, Busan (Korea); Choo, Ki Seok [Pusan National University School of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Medical Research Institute, Pusan National University Hospital, Busan (Korea)


    Oesophageal varices due to total anomalous pulmonary venous connection (TAPVC) is very rare. Additionally, the infradiaphragmatic type is the most common type of oesophageal varices due to TAPVC. Paraoesophageal varices due to stenosis of the vertical vein of supracardiac TAPVC has not previously been reported. We describe paraoesophageal varices developed as a result of a connection between the left lower pulmonary vein and the umbilicovitelline venous system because of stenosis of the proximal vertical vein in supracardiac type TAPVC in a 3-day-old female newborn who presented with general cyanosis, tachypnoea and dyspnoea. (orig.)

  11. Activity assessment of eosinophilic esophagitis.

    Schoepfer, Alain; Safroneeva, Ekaterina


    The activity of eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) can be assessed with patient-reported outcomes and biologic measures. Patient-reported outcomes include symptoms and quality of life, whereas biologic measures refer to endoscopic, histologic, and biochemical activity (e.g. blood biomarkers). So far, a validated tool to assess EoE activity in the above-mentioned dimensions is lacking. Given the lack of a standardized way to assess EoE activity in the various dimensions, the results of different clinical trials may be difficult to compare. For symptom assessment in adult patients, the symptom 'dysphagia' should be evaluated according to different standardized food consistencies. Furthermore, symptom assessment should take into account the following items: avoidance of specific food categories, food modification, and time to eat a regular meal. A distinct symptom recall period (e.g. 2 weeks) has to be defined for symptom assessment. Performing an 'esophageal stress test' with ingestion of a standardized meal to measure symptom severity bears the potential risk of acute food bolus impaction and should therefore be avoided. The description of endoscopic findings in EoE has meanwhile been standardized. Histologic evaluation of EoE activity should report either the size of the high-power field used or count the eosinophils per mm(2). There is a current lack of blood biomarkers demonstrating a good correlation with histologic activity in esophageal biopsies. The development and validation of an adult and pediatric EoE activity index is urgently needed not only for clinical trials and observational studies, but also for daily practice.

  12. Alternative Treatment for Bleeding Peristomal Varices: Percutaneous Parastomal Embolization

    Pabon-Ramos, Waleska M., E-mail: [Duke University Hospital, Department of Radiology (United States); Niemeyer, Matthew M. [Washington University Medical Center, Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology (United States); Dasika, Narasimham L., E-mail: [University of Michigan Health System, Department of Radiology (United States)


    Purpose: To describe how peristomal varices can be successfully embolized via a percutaneous parastomal approach. Methods: The medical records of patients who underwent this procedure between December 1, 2000, and May 31, 2008, were retrospectively reviewed. Procedural details were recorded. Median fluoroscopy time and bleeding-free interval were calculated. Results: Seven patients underwent eight parastomal embolizations. The technical success rate was 88 % (one failure). All embolizations were performed with coils combined with a sclerosant, another embolizing agent, or both. Of the seven successful parastomal embolizations, there were three cases of recurrent bleeding; the median time to rebleeding was 45 days (range 26-313 days). The remaining four patients did not develop recurrent bleeding during the follow-up period; their median bleeding-free interval was 131 days (range 40-659 days). Conclusion: This case review demonstrated that percutaneous parastomal embolization is a feasible technique to treat bleeding peristomal varices.

  13. Portal hypertension and variceal bleeding: Clinical and pharmacological aspects

    Hobolth, Lise


    Blødende esophagus varicer er en af den mest frygtede komplikationer til cirrose og portal hypertension pga. den høje mortalitet. Et klassisk studie fra 1981 opgjorde 6-ugers mortaliteten til 42%, hvoraf 75% døde indenfor den første uge. Gennem de sidste 2-3 årtier er der introduceret en række nye...

  14. Transcatheter Embolotherapy with N-Butyl Cyanoacrylate for Ectopic Varices

    Choi, Jin Woo; Kim, Hyo-Cheol, E-mail:; Jae, Hwan Jun, E-mail:; Jung, Hyun-Seok; Hur, Saebeom; Lee, Myungsu; Chung, Jin Wook [Seoul National University Hospital, Department of Radiology, Seoul National University College of Medicine (Korea, Republic of)


    PurposeTo address technical feasibility and clinical outcome of transcatheter embolotherapy with N-butyl cyanoacrylate (NBCA) for bleeding ectopic varices.MethodsThe institutional review board approved this retrospective study and waived informed consent. From January 2004 to June 2013, a total of 12 consecutive patients received transcatheter embolotherapy using NBCA for bleeding ectopic varices in our institute. Clinical and radiologic features of the endovascular procedures were comprehensively reviewed.ResultsPreprocedural computed tomography images revealed ectopic varices in the jejunum (n = 7), stoma (n = 2), rectum (n = 2), and duodenum (n = 1). The 12 procedures consisted of solitary embolotherapy (n = 8) and embolotherapy with portal decompression (main portal vein stenting in 3, transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt in 1). With regard to vascular access, percutaneous transhepatic access (n = 7), transsplenic access (n = 4), and transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt tract (n = 1) were used. There was no failure in either the embolotherapy or the vascular accesses (technical success rate, 100 %). Two patients died within 1 month from the procedure from preexisting fatal medical conditions. Only one patient, with a large varix that had been partially embolized by using coils and NBCA, underwent rebleeding 5.5 months after the procedure. The patient was retreated with NBCA and did not undergo any bleeding afterward for a follow-up period of 2.5 months. The remaining nine patients did not experience rebleeding during the follow-up periods (range 1.5–33.2 months).ConclusionTranscatheter embolotherapy using NBCA can be a useful option for bleeding ectopic varices.

  15. Non-invasive prediction of oesophageal varices in cirrhosis

    Sambit Sen; William JH Griffiths


    Non-invasive predictors of varices in cirrhosis would reduce the need for screening endoscopies. Platelet count and spleen size have been shown to be useful parameters, in mixed groups of cirrhotics with different aetiologies. We evaluated this in two homogeneous groups with cirrhosis due to hepatitis C and alcohol.Non-invasive predictors appear promising in the former group, but less so in the latter group.

  16. Balloon-occluded retrograde transvenous obliteration for gastric variceal bleeding: its feasibility compared with transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt

    Choi, Young Ho; Yoon, Chang Jin; Park, Jae Hyung; Chung, Jin Wook; Kwon, Jong Won [Seoul Natioonal University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Choi, Guk Myung [Cheju National University College of Medicine, Jeju (Korea, Republic of)


    To assess the feasibility of balloon-occluded retrograde transvenous obliteration (BRTO) in active gastric variceal bleeding, and to compare the findings with those of transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS). Twenty-one patients with active gastric variceal bleeding due to liver cirrhosis were referred for radiological intervention. In 15 patients, contrast-enhanced CT scans demonstrated gastrorenal shunt, and the remaining six (Group 1) underwent TIPS. Seven of the 15 with gastrorenal shunt (Group 2) were also treated with TIPS, and the other eight (Group 3) underwent BRTO. All patients were followed up for 6 to 21 (mean, 14.4) months. For statistical inter-group comparison of immediate hemostasis, rebleeding and encephalopathy, Fisher's exact test was used. Changes in the Child-Pugh score before and after each procedure in each group were statistically analyzed by means of Wilcoxon's signed rank test. One patient in Group 1 died of sepsis, acute respiratory distress syndrome, and persistent bleeding three days after TIPS, while the remaining 20 survived the procedure with immediate hemostasis. Hepatic encephalopathy developed in four patients (one in Group 1, three in Group 2, and none in Group 3); one, in Group 2, died while in an hepatic coma 19 months after TIPS. Rebleeding occurred in one patient, also in Group 2. Except for transient fever in two Group-3 patients, no procedure-related complication occurred. In terms of immediate hemostasis, rebleeding and encephalopathy, there were no statistically significant differences between the groups (p > 0.05). In Group 3, the Child-Pugh score showed a significant decrease after the procedure (p = 0.02). BRTO can effectively control active gastric variceal bleeding, and because of immediate hemostasis, the absence of rebleeding, and improved liver function, is a good alternative to TIPS in patients in whom such bleeding, accompanied by gastrorenal shunt, occurs.

  17. Methylation in esophageal carcinogenesis

    Da-Long Wu; Feng-Ying Sui; Xiao-Ming Jiang; Xiao-Hong Jiang


    Genetic abnormalities of proto-oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes have been demonstrated to be changes that are frequently involved in esophageal cancer pathogenesis. However, hypermethylation of CpG islands, an epigenetic event, is coming more and more into focus in carcinogenesis of the esophagus. Recent studies have proved that promoter hypermethylation of tumor suppressor genes is frequently observed in esophageal carcinomas and seems to play an important role in the pathogenesis of this tumor type. In this review, we will discuss current research on genes that are hypermethylated in human esophageal cancer and precancerous lesions of the esophagus. We will also discuss the potential use of hypermethylated genes as targets for detection, prognosis and treatment of esophageal cancer.

  18. Oral and esophageal disorders.

    Noyer, C M; Simon, D


    This article focused on the approach to oral and esophageal disorders in patients with AIDS. Most of these disorders respond to various therapeutic regimens. Some of the oral complications can be prevented with dental prophylaxis, whereas recurrent esophageal disease in some patients may require long-term suppressive therapy. As patients with AIDS live longer with lower CD4 counts, gastroenterologists need to become familiar with the approach to and management of the more common lesions of the mouth and esophagus.

  19. Endoscopic variceal ligation plus propranolol vs. transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic stent shunt : A long-term randomized trial

    Sauer, P; Hansmann, J; Richter, GM; Stremmel, W; Stiehl, A


    Background and Study Aims: After a first variceal bleeding episode in patients with cirrhosis of the liver, treatment with transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic stent shunt (TIPS) and endoscopic variceal ligation (EVL) plus propranolol were compared, with regard to prevention of variceal rebleedin

  20. Percutaneous transhepatic obliteration of stomal variceal hemorrhage from an ileal conduct: Case report and brief literature review

    Park, Seung Hyun; Lee, Shin Jae; Won, Jong Yun; Park, Sung Il; Lee, Do Yun; Kim, Man Deuk [Dept. of Radiology and Research Institute of Radiological Science, Severance Hospital, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Do Young [Institute of Gastroenterology, Severance Hospital, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    Variceal bleeding is an unusual complication of ileal conduits. We report a case in which recurrent stomal variceal hemorrhage from an ileal conduit for bladder cancer was successfully treated by percutaneous transhepatic obliteration (PTO) using microcoils and N-butyl cyanoacrylate. Therefore, PTO can be one treatment option to prevent recurrent stomal variceal bleeding from ileal conduits.

  1. Prevalence of oesophageal varices in newly diagnosed chronic liver disease patients at The Jos University Teaching Hospital, Jos

    I G Achinge


    Full Text Available Background: Variceal bleeding is an important complication of portal hypertension and a major cause of death in patients with chronic liver disease (CLD world wide. This study was carried out to document the occurrence of oesophageal varices and its clinical correlates among 80 Nigerian patients with CLD. Patients and Methods: Eighty patients with CLD were stratified into three groups based on Child- Turcotte- pugh′s classification for severity of CLD in a one year study. They had upper gastrointestinal endoscopy to detect and characterize varices. Results: Sixty (75% of the patients had oesophageal varices at endoscopy with 88.3% having grade 2 or 3 varices while 73.3% had moderate/large varices. Thirty five percent of the varices had "red signs" with "red whale" markings as the predominant red sign. Gastric varices were seen in 12.5%. Variceal size was significantly associated with severity of liver disease (P<0.05 as 90% of the patients with varices presented with Child′s class B or C. A multiple logistic regression analysis identified advancing age, ascites, shrunken liver span and low platelet count as independent predictors of oesophageal varices. Conclusion: A large proportion of Nigerian CLD patients have advanced at-risk-for-bleeding oesophageal varices at diagnosis. Early diagnosis of CLD in Nigerians is warranted.

  2. Balloon-occluded percutaneous transheptic obliteration of isolated vesical varices causing gross hematuria

    Lim, Dong Hoon; Kim, Dong Hyun; Kim, Min Seok; Kim, Chul Sung [Department of Urology, College of Medicine, Chosun University, Gwangju (Korea, Republic of)


    Gross hematuria secondary to vesical varices is an unusual presentation. We report such a case recurrent gross hematuria in a male patient who had a history of bladder substitution with ileal segments that had been treated by balloon-occluded percutaneous transhepatic obliteration of vesical varices.

  3. Autoimmune pancreatitis complicated by gastric varices: A report of 3 cases

    Norihiro Goto; Jun Mimura; Toshinao Itani; Motohito Hayashi; Yukari Shimada; Tomoaki Matsumori


    We present three cases of autoimmune pancreatitis (AIP) complicated by gastric varices.Case 1:A 57-yearold man was diagnosed with AIP complicated by gastric varices and splenic vein obstruction.Splenomegaly was not detected at the time of the diagnosis.The AIP improved using steroid therapy,the splenic vein was reperfused,and the gastric varices disappeared; case 2:A 55-year-old man was diagnosed with AIP complicated by gastric varices,splenic vein obstruction,and splenomegaly.Although the AIP improved using steroid therapy,the gastric varices and splenic vein obstruction did not resolve; case 3:A 68-year-old man was diagnosed with AIP complicated by gastric varices,splenic vein obstruction,and splenomegaly.The gastric varices,splenic vein obstruction,and AIP did not improve using steroid therapy.These three cases suggest that gastric varices or splenic vein obstruction without splenomegaly may be an indication for steroid therapy in patients with AIP because the complications will likely become irreversible over time.

  4. Prognostic variables in patients with cirrhosis and oesophageal varices without prior bleeding

    Møller, S; Bendtsen, F; Christensen, E;


    As identification of patients at risk of bleeding or death is essential for prophylaxis, we determined the prognostic influence of various patient characteristics on the risk of bleeding and death. Fifty-five patients with cirrhosis and oesophageal varices without previous bleeding were included...... a significant relation with an increased risk of bleeding or death: high plasma volume (p varices (p

  5. Herpes simplex ulcerative esophagitis in healthy children

    Abdulrahman A Al-Hussaini


    Full Text Available Herpes simplex virus is a common cause of ulcerative esophagitis in the immunocompromised or debilitated host. Despite a high prevalence of primary and recurrent Herpes simplex virus infection in the general population, Herpes simplex virus esophagitis (HSVE appears to be rare in the immunocompetent host. We report three cases of endoscopically-diagnosed HSVE in apparently immunocompetent children; the presentation was characterized by acute onset of fever, odynophagia, and dysphagia. In two cases, the diagnosis was confirmed histologically by identification of herpes viral inclusions and culture of the virus in the presence of inflammation. The third case was considered to have probable HSVE based on the presence of typical cold sore on his lip, typical endoscopic finding, histopathological evidence of inflammation in esophageal biopsies and positive serologic evidence of acute Herpes simplex virus infection. Two cases received an intravenous course of acyclovir and one had self-limited recovery. All three cases had normal immunological workup and excellent health on long-term follow-up.

  6. Massive duodenal variceal bleed; complication of extra hepatic portal hypertension: Endoscopic management and literature review

    Christopher; Steevens; Maisa; Abdalla; Truptesh; H; Kothari; Vivek; Kaul; Shivangi; Kothari


    Bleeding from duodenal varices is reported to be a catastrophic and often fatal event. Most of the cases in the literature involve patients with underlying cirrhosis. However, approximately one quarter of duodenal variceal bleeds is caused by extrahepatic portal hypertension and they represent a unique population given their lack of liver dysfunction. The authors present a case where a 61-year-old male with history of remote crush injury presented with bright red blood per rectum and was found to have bleeding from massive duodenal varices. Injection sclerotherapy with ethanolamine was performed and the patient experienced a favorable outcome with near resolution of his varices on endoscopic follow-up. The authors conclude that sclerotherapy is a reasonable first line therapy and review the literature surrounding the treatment of duodenal varices secondary to extrahepatic portal hypertension.

  7. Massive variceal bleeding secondary to splenic vein thrombosis successfully treated with splenic artery embolization: a case report

    Michalopoulos Antonis


    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction Splenic vein thrombosis results in localized portal hypertension called sinistral portal hypertension, which may also lead to massive upper gastrointestinal bleeding. Symptomatic sinistral portal hypertension is usually best treated by splenectomy, but interventional radiological techniques are safe and effective alternatives in the management of a massive hemorrhage, particularly in cases that have a high surgical risk. Case presentation We describe a 23-year-old Greek man with acute massive gastric variceal bleeding caused by splenic vein thrombosis due to a missing von Leiden factor, which was successfully managed with splenic arterial embolization. Conclusions Interventional radiological techniques are attractive alternatives for patients with a high surgical risk or in cases when the immediate surgical excision of the spleen is technically difficult. Additionally, surgery is not always successful because of the presence of numerous portal collaterals and adhesion. Splenic artery embolization is now emerging as a safe and effective alternative to surgery in the management of massive hemorrhage from gastric varices due to splenic vein thrombosis, which often occurs in patients with hypercoagulability.

  8. Splenic artery embolization in a woman with bleeding gastric varices and splenic vein thrombosis: a case report

    Schmid Roland M


    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction Gastric variceal bleeding due to splenic vein thrombosis is a life-threatening situation and is often difficult to manage by endoscopy. In the worst cases, an emergency splenectomy may be required to stop variceal bleeding. Case presentation We report the case of a 60-year-old Caucasian woman with bleeding gastric varices secondary to splenic vein thrombosis treated by splenic artery embolization. Successful embolization was performed by depositing coils into the splenic artery resulting in cessation of variceal bleeding. After embolization there was no recurrence of bleeding. Conclusion Splenic artery embolization can be an effective and definite treatment for variceal bleeding secondary to splenic vein thrombosis.

  9. Management of Upper Gastrointestinal Bleeding in Children: Variceal and Nonvariceal.

    Lirio, Richard A


    Upper gastrointestinal (UGI) bleeding is generally defined as bleeding proximal to the ligament of Treitz, which leads to hematemesis. There are several causes of UGI bleeding necessitating a detailed history to rule out comorbid conditions, medications, and possible exposures. In addition, the severity, timing, duration, and volume of the bleeding are important details to note for management purposes. Despite the source of the bleeding, acid suppression with a proton-pump inhibitor has been shown to be effective in minimizing rebleeding. Endoscopy remains the interventional modality of choice for both nonvariceal and variceal bleeds because it can be diagnostic and therapeutic.

  10. Splenic duplication: a rare cause of acute upper gastrointestinal bleeding.

    Sharma, Pankaj; Alkadhi, Hatem; Gubler, Christoph; Bauerfeind, Peter; Pfammatter, Thomas


    Acute gastrointestinal bleeding represents a common medical emergency. We report the rare case of acute upper gastrointestinal bleeding caused by varices in the gastric fundus secondary to splenic duplication. Splenic duplication has been only rarely reported in the literature, and no case so far has described the associated complication of gastrointestinal bleeding, caused by venous drainage of the upper spleen via varices in the gastric fundus. We describe the imaging findings from endoscopy, endosonography, computed tomography (CT), flat-panel CT, and angiography in this rare condition and illustrate the effective role of intra-arterial embolization.

  11. Association of left renal vein variations and pelvic varices in abdominal MDCT

    Koc, Zafer [Baskent University, Adana Teaching and Medical Research Center, Department of Radiology, Adana (Turkey); Baskent Universitesi Adana Hastanesi, Adana (Turkey); Ulusan, Serife; Oguzkurt, Levent [Baskent University, Adana Teaching and Medical Research Center, Department of Radiology, Adana (Turkey)


    The aim of this study was to determine whether left renal vein (LRV) variation is associated with pelvic varices and left ovarian vein (LOV) reflux. Routine abdominal multidetector-row computed tomography scans of 324 women without symptoms of pelvic congestion syndrome were analyzed. Presence and type of LRV variants (circumaortic [CLRV] or retroaortic [RLRV]) were recorded. Diameters of the LRV, ovarian veins (OVs), and parauterine veins were measured and a specific LRV diameter ratio was calculated for each patient. Presence and severity of pelvic varices and LOV reflux were noted. Pelvic varices were detected in 59 (18%) of the total of 324 women, in 7 (37%) of the 19 women with RLRVs, in 7 (29%) of the 24 women with CLRVs, and in 45 (16%) of the 281 women with normal LRVs. The frequency of pelvic varices in the women with LRV variation was significantly higher than that in the group with normal LRV anatomy (33 vs. 16%; p=0.009). The frequency of pelvic varices in the women with RLRVs was also significantly higher than that in the group with normal LRV anatomy (p=0.02). LRV diameter ratio was correlated with presence of pelvic varices and presence of LOV reflux (p=0.0001 for both). This study revealed an association between pelvic varices and LRV variations in a population of predominantly multiparous women. (orig.)

  12. Successful endoscopic sclerotherapy for bleeding gastric varices with combined cyanoacrylate and aethoxysklerol

    Bei Shi; Wei Wu; Hui Zhu; Yun-Lin Wu


    Two patients with liver cirrhosis and portal hypertension related to hepatitis infection were admitted to Shanghai Ruijin Hospital due to recurrent melena and hematemesis. Isolated gastric varices were observed in the gastric fundus during the retroflexion of gastroscope. We carried out endoscopic sclerotherapy successfully for bleeding gastric varices with combined cyanoacrylate and aethoxysklerol, which disappeared dramatically several months after two courses of sclerotherapy for each patient. No complication and clinical signs of gastrointestinal re-bleeding were observed during the 6-mo endoscopic follow-up. CT portal angiography (CTPA) has been widely used in the assessment of variceal treatment and improves the results of endoscopic injection therapy.

  13. Treatment Options by Stage (Esophageal Cancer)

    ... Cancer Prevention Esophageal Cancer Screening Research Esophageal Cancer Treatment (PDQ®)–Patient Version General Information About Esophageal Cancer ... Certain factors affect prognosis (chance of recovery) and treatment options. The prognosis (chance of recovery ) and treatment ...

  14. Somatostatin adjunctive therapy for non-variceal upper gastrointestinal rebleeding after endoscopic therapy

    Cheol Woong Choi; Dae Hwan Kang; Hyung Wook Kim; Su Bum Park; Kee Tae Park; Gwang Ha Kim; Geun Am Song; Mong Cho


    AIM: To evaluate the effect of pantoprazole with a somatostatin adjunct in patients with acute non-variceal upper gastrointestinal bleeding (NVUGIB).METHODS: We performed a retrospective analysis of a prospective database in a tertiary care university hospital. From October 2006 to October 2008, we enrolled 101 patients with NVUGIB that had a high-risk stigma on endoscopy. Within 24 h of hospital admission,all patients underwent endoscopic therapy. After successful endoscopic hemostasis, all patients received an 80-mg bolus of pantoprazole followed by continuous intravenous infusion (8 mg/h for 72 h). The somatostatin adjunct group (n = 49) also received a 250-μg bolus of somatostatin, followed by continuous infusion (250 μg/h for 72 h). Early rebleeding rates, disappearance of endoscopic stigma and risk factors associated with early rebleeding were examined.RESULTS: Early rebleeding rates were not significantly different between treatment groups (12.2% vs 14.3%, P = 0.766). Disappearance of endoscopic stigma on the second endoscopy was not significantly different between treatment groups (94.2% vs 95.9%, P = 0.696). Multivariate analysis showed that the complete Rockall score was a significant risk factor for early rebleeding (P = 0.044, OR: 9.080, 95% CI: 1.062-77.595).CONCLUSION: The adjunctive use of somatostatin was not superior to pantoprazole monotherapy after successful endoscopic hemostasis in patients with NVUGIB.

  15. Esophageal epiphrenic diverticulum associated with diffuse esophageal spasm

    Matsumoto, Hideo; Kubota, Hisako; Higashida, Masaharu; Manabe, Noriaki; Haruma, Ken; Hirai, Toshihiro


    Introduction Esophageal diverticulum, a relatively rare condition, has been considered to be associated with motor abnormalities such as conditions that cause a lack of coordination between the distal esophagus and lower esophageal sphincter. Presentation of case We herein report a case of esophageal epiphrenic diverticulum associated with diffuse esophageal spasm. A 73-year-old woman presented with dysphagia and regurgitation. Imaging examinations revealed a right-sided esophageal diverticulum located about 10 cm above the esophagogastric junction. High-resolution manometry revealed normal esophageal motility. However, 24-h pH monitoring revealed continuous acidity due to pooling of residue in the diverticulum. An esophageal epiphrenic diverticulum was diagnosed and resected thoracoscopically. Her dysphagia recurred 2 years later. High-resolution manometry revealed diffuse esophageal spasm. Discussion The diverticulum in the present case was considered to have been associated with diffuse esophageal spasm. The motility disorder was likely not identified at the first evaluation. Conclusion In this case, the patient’s symptoms spontaneously resolved without any treatment; however, longer-term follow-up is needed. PMID:26143577

  16. Banding ligation or beta-blockers for primary prevention of variceal bleeding?

    Petre Cotoras Viedma


    Full Text Available Resumen La hemorragia digestiva alta variceal es una de las complicaciones más serias de la cirrosis hepática. Los betabloqueadores no selectivos y la ligadura endoscópica se consideran efectivos como estrategia de prevención primaria de hemorragia variceal, pero no hay consenso sobre cuál de las dos constituye la mejor opción. Utilizando la base de datos Epistemonikos, la cual es mantenida mediante búsquedas en 30 bases de datos, identificamos siete revisiones sistemáticas que en conjunto incluyen 21 estudios aleatorizados. Realizamos un metanálisis y tablas de resumen de los resultados utilizando el método GRADE. Concluimos que la ligadura variceal probablemente disminuye el riesgo de sangrado digestivo variceal y se asocia a menos efectos adversos al ser comparada con betabloqueadores no selectivos, aunque probablemente no existen diferencias en términos de mortalidad.

  17. Circumferential mucosal dissection and esophageal perforation in a patient with eosinophilic esophagitis

    Gennaro Liguori; Maurizio Cortale; Fabrizio Cimino; Michele Sozzi


    A young man with a previous history of episodes of mild solid food dysphagia was admitted with a total dysphagia.The esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGDS) showed an extensive disruption of mucosal layer with a cul-de-sac in the lower part of the esophagus.Soon after the procedure,the patient suffered from an acute chest pain and subsequent CT scan demonstrated an intramural circumferential dissection of thoracic esophagus,and a mediastinal emphysema.An emergency right thoracotomy was performed,followed by a total esophagectomy with esophagogastroplasty and jejunostomy.The histopathology confirmed that mucosal and submucosal layers were circumferentially detached from muscular wall and showed an eosinophilic infiltration of the whole organ with necrosis and erosions of mucosal,submucosal and muscular layers.The diagnosis was esophageal perforation in eosinophilic esophagitis.

  18. Portal vein stent placement with or without varix embolization of jejunal variceal bleeding after hepatopancreatobiliary surgery.

    Shim, Dong Jae; Shin, Ji Hoon; Ko, Gi-Young; Kim, Yook; Han, Kichang; Gwon, Dong-Il; Ko, Heung-Kyu


    Background Extrahepatic portal hypertension after surgery involving the duodenum or jejunum might result in massive ectopic variceal bleeding. Purpose To report the results of portal vein stent placement with the addition of variceal embolization. Material and Methods Between January 2000 and June 2015, portal vein stent placement was attempted in 477 patients. Of these, 22 patients (age, 63 ± 10 years) with jejunal variceal bleeding caused by portal vein obstruction after surgery were included in this study. Computed tomography (CT) findings before and after treatment and the rates of technical and clinical success, complications, and clinical outcomes were retrospectively evaluated. Results Stent placement was successful in 19 of 22 patients. Additional variceal embolization was performed in five cases. Clinical success, defined as the cessation of bleeding without recurrence within 1 month, was achieved in 18 of 19 patients with technical success. One patient developed recurrent bleeding 4 days after stent placement and was successfully treated with additional variceal embolization. There were no procedure-related complications. A regression of the jejunal varices was noted in 14 of 19 patients on follow-up CT scans. During the follow-up period (258 days; range, 7-1196 days), stent occlusion and recurrent bleeding occurred in six and four patients, respectively, of the 19 patients who achieved technical success. Statistical analyses revealed no significant differences regarding stent patency between benign and malignant strictures. Conclusion Percutaneous, transhepatic, portal vein stent placement with or without jejunal variceal embolization appears to be a safe and effective treatment for jejunal variceal bleeding after surgery.

  19. Splenic artery embolization for the treatment of bleeding gastric varices secondary to splenic vein thrombosis.

    Stone, Patrick A; Phang, David; Richmond, Bryan; Gill, Gurpreet; Campbell, John E


    Splenic vein thrombosis can lead to gastric varices. Subsequent upper gastrointestinal bleeding may ensue related to the change in venous outflow to the portal system. Vascular surgeons are infrequently asked to assist in the management of this entity. However, with many vascular surgeons providing diverse endovascular-based interventions, understanding catheter-based solutions is imperative. This report presents a case in which arterial embolization was used to treat gastric variceal bleeding.

  20. Banding ligation versus beta-blockers for primary prevention in oesophageal varices in adults

    Gluud, Lise Lotte; Krag, Aleksander


    Non-selective beta-blockers are used as a first-line treatment for primary prevention in patients with medium- to high-risk oesophageal varices. The effect of non-selective beta-blockers on mortality is debated and many patients experience adverse events. Trials on banding ligation versus non......-selective beta-blockers for patients with oesophageal varices and no history of bleeding have reached equivocal results....

  1. The application of transabdominal 3D ultrasound for the diagnosis of gastric varices: A preliminary study

    Maruyama, Hitoshi, E-mail:; Kamezaki, Hidehiro, E-mail:; Kondo, Takayuki, E-mail:; Sekimoto, Tadashi, E-mail:; Shimada, Taro, E-mail:; Takahashi, Masanori, E-mail:; Yokosuka, Osamu, E-mail:


    Objective: The aim of this study was to determine the feasibility of using transabdominal three-dimensional (3D) colour Doppler ultrasound as a non-invasive tool to demonstrate and quantify gastric varices. Subjects and methods: A phantom study compared the 3D water flow volume data in a hose with the actual volume inside the hose at three different flow velocities. The prospective clinical study examined the reliability and reproducibility of 3D volume data for gastric varices (mild 28, moderate 26, large 8) in 62 patients. The 3D images were acquired using the colour Doppler with both convex and micro-convex probes. Results: The phantom study showed a 12.4–17.6% difference between the 3D data and the actual volume with no difference between the two types of probes or three velocities. The detectability of gastric varices was identical between the two probes (54/62, 87.1%). However, the scanning efficiency was significantly greater for the micro-convex probe (66.9 ± 14.1%) than the convex probe (57.3 ± 14%, p = 0.012). Body mass index was the only factor that had a significant relationship with the detectability of varices. The mean volume (mL) of the 3D signal was 0.82 ± 0.74 for mild varices, 5.48 ± 3.84 for moderate varices, and 10.63 ± 6.67 for large varices with significant differences between different grades. The intra-/inter-rater reliability was excellent. Conclusion: The method of 3D colour Doppler ultrasound is reliable and reproducible in the quantitative assessment of vascular volume and is applicable for grading gastric varices. This study may offer a practical usefulness for 3D ultrasonography as an alternative to endoscopy.

  2. Pelvic varices diagnosed with endorectal surface coil magnetic resonance imaging: case report

    Gullo, G.; Russ, P.D. [Univ. of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Dept. of Radiology, Denver, Colorado (United States)


    Pelvic varices are a well-recognized cause of pain, especially in multiparous women, and are often associated with pelvic congestion syndrome. These dilated veins have been imaged using positive-contrast venography and ultrasonography (US). We present a case of painless pelvic varices that presented as an amorphous, non-specific-appearing parametrial and pericervical mass on computed tomography (CT), but which were diagnosed with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) using an endorectal surface coil. (author)

  3. A retrospective analysis of ectopic varices in gastrointestinal tract diagnosed by endoscopy



    Objective To understand the incidence,causes,clinical manifestations and treatment of ectopic varices (EV) in gastrointestinal (GI) tract.Methods GI endoscopic examinations were carried out in 99 783 patients from January 2004 to October 2012 in General Hospital of PLA.Sixty-four cases of ectopic varices in GI tract were discovered.The clinical manifestations of EV patients and treatment were analyzed retrospectively.The

  4. Esophagitis Induced by Doxycycline Treatment

    Engin Şenel


    Full Text Available Esophagitis is the most common disease of the esophagus. Drug use is one of the reasons of chemical esophagitis. Herein, we report two male patients of 17 and 18 years of age who developed esophagitis in acne treatment with doxycycline. Both patients took doxycycline capsules for approximately one week. Ulcerations were detected at upper and mid-esophagus of the 17-year-old patient. Circular ulcerations were found at mid-esophagus of the 18-year-old case. Doxycycline induced esophagitis is a preventable disease with the physician giving appropriate medication ingestion advice to the patient.

  5. Epidemiological investigation of esophageal carcinoma

    Hong Zhang; Shao-Hua Chen; You-Ming Li


    AIM: To review the characteristics of esophageal carcinoma in recent 30 years in the epidemiological investigation.METHODS: A total of 1 520 cases of esophageal carcinoma in the First Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University Medical College admitted from 1970 until now were reviewed. Their age, gender, position of carcinoma and histological type were analyzed.RESULTS: The morbidity of esophageal carcinoma was increasing during the observation period. Compared with the 1970s (9.5%), the ratio of adenocarcinoma significantly increased after the 1980s (19.1%). The difference was significant (P≤0.05).CONCLUSION: The morbidity of esophageal adenocarcinoma was increasing and advanced clinical study should be strengthened.

  6. Atrio-esophageal fistula complicating esophageal achalasia.

    Achouh, Paul; Pouly, Julia; Azarine, Arshid; Fabiani, Jean-Noël


    A 75-year-old male, known to have achalasia, was admitted to the intensive care unit with massive upper gastrointestinal bleeding and sepsis. He had a history of purulent pericarditis 18 months earlier. He also presented with atrial fibrillation associated with a cerebral transient ischemic accident two months earlier. A contrast computed tomography scan showed an atrio-esophageal fistula with active extravasation of contrast. He was operated on via a median sternotomy, and the defects in the atrial wall, inferior vena cava and diaphragm were closed using pericardial patches. An esophagectomy was to be performed 24 hours later, but the patient died from septic shock and multiple organ failure before his second procedure.

  7. Intramural esophageal hematoma after elective injection sclerotherapy Hematoma intramural esofágico após escleroterapia eletiva de varizes

    Hannah Pitanga Lukashok


    Full Text Available CONTEXT: Although endoscopic esophageal variceal sclerotherapy has been largely supplanted by variceal band ligation, it is still performed routinely in many institutions, especially in developing countries. Intramural esophageal hematoma has been described as a rare complication of sclerotherapy. Risk factors have not been completely established. OBJECTIVE: To demonstrate the incidence of post-sclerotherapy intramural esophageal hematoma in our hospital and discuss the possible factors involved. Methods - This is a retrospective observational study made at the "Hospital Universitário Clementino Fraga Filho", Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil, reviewing the medical records of all esophageal variceal sclerotherapy procedures performed from April 2000 to November 2005. The evaluation of the clinical, laboratorial and endoscopic features in our patients and those reported in the literature was also done. Review of literature was performed through MEDLINE search. RESULTS: A total of 1,433 esophageal variceal sclerotherapy procedures were performed in 397 patients, with an intramural esophageal hematoma incidence of 4 cases (0.28%. Three of our patients developed additional complications, and one death was a direct consequence of a rupture of the hematoma. Nineteen well described cases were reported in the literature. Intramural esophageal hematoma occurred mostly after the forth esophageal variceal sclerotherapy session. Coagulation disturbances were present in the majority of cases. CONCLUSION: Intramural esophageal hematoma is a rare complication of esophageal variceal sclerotherapy and its incidence in our institution was similar to those observed in the literature. Our study suggests that this complication occurs as a result of a fragile esophageal mucosa after previous esophageal variceal sclerotherapy sessions. Impaired coagulation, although not essential, could contribute to hematoma formation and extension through esophageal submucosa

  8. Ascending colonic variceal bleeding: utility of phase-contrast MR portography in diagnosis and follow-up after treatment with TIPS and variceal embolization

    Chevallier, P.; Motamedi, J.P.; Oddo, F.; Padovani, B. [Department of Radiology, Centre Hospitalier Regional et Universitaire de Nice, Hopital Archet II, 06 - Nice (France); Demuth, N.; Caroli-Bosc, F.X. [Department of Hepatology, Centre Hospitalier Regional et Universitaire de Nice, Hopital Archet II, 06 - Nice (France)


    The authors describe the discovery of ascending colonic variceal veins via celiomesenteric diagnostic angiography following a bout of melena in a 44-year-old woman. Magnetic resonance imaging, including phase-contrast MR venography, allowed visualization of the portal and systemic veins immediately after the initial angiograms. The hemorrhagic episode did not resolve until after transjugular intrahepatic shunt insertion and selective variceal embolization through the shunt. At 1 week-, 3 months-, and 6 months post treatment, follow-up MR venography no longer revealed the presence of colonic varices. Colonoscopy at 6 months was normal and the patient did not have any further episodes of bleeding until a liver transplantation was performed after 9 months. (orig.)

  9. Endovascular obliteration of bleeding duodenal varices in patients with liver cirrhosis

    Zamora, Carlos Armando; Sugimoto, Koji; Tsurusaki, Masakatsu; Izaki, Kenta; Fukuda, Tetsuya; Matsumoto, Shinichi; Kawasaki, Ryota; Taniguchi, Takanori; Sugimura, Kazuro [Kobe University School of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Kobe-shi, Hyogo-ken (Japan); Kuwata, Yoichiro [Nishi-Kobe Medical Center, Department of Radiology, Kobe-shi, Hyogo-ken (Japan); Hirota, Shozo [Hyogo Medical College, Department of Radiology, Nishinomiya-shi, Hyogo-ken (Japan)


    The purpose of this paper is to describe our experience with endovascular obliteration of duodenal varices in patients with liver cirrhosis and portal hypertension. Balloon-occluded transvenous retrograde and percutaneous transhepatic anterograde embolizations were performed for duodenal varices in five patients with liver cirrhosis, portal hypertension, and decreased liver function. All patients had undergone previous endoscopic treatments that failed to stop bleeding and were poor surgical candidates. Temporary balloon occlusion catheters were used to achieve accumulation of an ethanolamine oleate-iopamidol mixture inside the varices. Elimination of the varices was successful in all patients. Retrograde transvenous obliteration via efferent veins to the inferior vena cava was enough to achieve adequate sclerosant accumulation in three patients. A combined anterograde-retrograde embolization was used in one patient with balloon occlusion of afferent and efferent veins. Transhepatic embolization through the afferent vein was performed in one patient under balloon occlusion of both efferent and afferent veins. There was complete variceal thrombosis and no bleeding was observed at follow-up. No major complications were recorded. Endovascular obliteration of duodenal varices is a feasible and safe alternative procedure for managing patients with portal hypertension and hemorrhage from this source. (orig.)

  10. Therapeutic and Diagnostic Tactics for Bleedings from Esophagogastric Varices

    F. G. Nazyrov


    Full Text Available Objective: to elaborate therapeutic and diagnostic tactics for bleedings from esophagogastric varices (EGV in an intensive care unit (ICU. Subjects and methods: The experience in treating 102 patients with profuse bleeding from EGV, admitted to the ICU, Acad. V. Vakhidov Republican Specialized Center of Surgery, in 2000—2008, was summarized. Results. The findings show that just less than 40% of the patients with hepatic cirrhosis are admitted for the clinical manifestations of active bleeding from EGV, the latter being profuse in 17.6%. These indicate that the noticeable admission preponderance of patients with first-degree blood loss and the low proportion of those with critical third-degree blood loss are noteworthy. Retrospective analysis demonstrated that hemostasis was achieved in 97 (95.1% patients, by applying solely conservative measures using a Blakemore tube (in both variants of its use. After removal of the Blakemore tube, stable hemostasis retained in 88.9% of the patients with bleedings from the veins of the middle third of the esophagus, in 71.8% of cases of those from its lower third and only in 24.1% of the patients with those from the cardiac stomach. Conclusion. According to the results of the study, we propose the therapeutic and diagnostic tactics for patients with profuse bleedings from EGV, which involve the use of a Blakemore tube and a complex of conservative measures with traditional hemostatic therapy, the administration of portal pressure-reducing agents to prevent or treat hepatic failure. Key words: bleeding, esophagogastric varices, hepatic failure, intensive therapy.

  11. [Giant esophageal fibrovascular polyp].

    Palacios, Fernando; Contardo, Carlos; Guevara, Jorge; Vera, Augusto; Aguilar, Luis; Huamán, Manuel; Palomino, Américo; Yabar, Alejandro


    Fibrovascular polyps are extremely rare benign neoplasias of the esophagus, which usually originate in the lower cricoid area. They do not produce any discomfort in the patient for a long time, however it may make itself evident by the patient's regurgitation of the polyp, producing asphyxia or, more frequently, dysphagia. The case of a 58 year old male patient is presented herein, with a 9 month record of dysphagia, weight loss and intermittent melena. The barium x-ray showed a distended esophagus, with a tumor running from the upper esophageal sphincter to the cardia. The endoscopy confirmed the presence of a pediculated tumor, implanted in the cervical esophagus. Surgeons suspected the potential malignancy of the tumor and performed a transhiatal esophagectomy. The final pathologic diagnosis was giant fibrovascular esophageal polyp.

  12. Is there an alternative therapy to cyanoacrylate injection for safe and effective obliteration of bleeding gastric varices?

    Hiroo Imazu; Kuniyuki Kojima; Masahiko Katsumura; Salem Omar


    @@ TO THE EDITOR We read with interest the article entitled "Bleeding gastric varices: Results of endoscopic injection with cyanoacrylate at King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital" by Noophun et al[1]. They performed n-butyl-2-cyanoacrylate (CA) injection therapy for bleeding gastric varices in twentyfour patients, and hemostasis was achieved in seventeen (71%) patients. They concluded that CA injection therapy was effective and safe for bleeding gastric varices. However, we disagreed with the author's conclusion.

  13. Esophageal Inlet Patch

    C. Behrens


    Full Text Available An inlet patch is a congenital anomaly consisting of ectopic gastric mucosa at or just distal to the upper esophageal sphincter. Most inlet patches are largely asymptomatic, but in problematic cases complications related to acid secretion such as esophagitis, ulcer, web and stricture may occur. The diagnosis of inlet patch is strongly suggested on barium swallow where the most common pattern consists of two small indentations on the wall of the esophagus. The diagnosis of inlet patch is confirmed via endoscopy with biopsy. At endoscopy, the lesion appears salmon-coloured and velvety and is easily distinguished from the normal grey-white squamous epithelium of the esophagus. The prominent margins correlate with the radiological findings of indentations and rim-like shadows on barium swallow. Histopathology provides the definitive diagnosis by demonstrating gastric mucosa adjacent to normal esophageal mucosa. No treatment is required for asymptomatic inlet patches. Symptomatic cases are treated with proton pump inhibitors to relieve symptoms related to acid secretion. Strictures and webs are treated with serial dilatation and should be biopsied to rule out malignancy.

  14. Isolated varices over hepatic flexure colon indicating superior mesenteric venous thrombosis caused by uncinate pancreatic head cancer- a case report

    Yu-Pin Ho; Chun-Jung Lin; Ming-Yao Su; Jeng-Hwei Tseng; Cheng-Tang Chiu; Pang-Chi Chen


    Very rare cases of varices involving right side colon were reported. Most of them were due to cirrhotic portal hypertension or other primary causes. No report case contributed to pancreatic cancer. Here, we reported a case of uncinate pancreatic cancer with the initial finding of isolated hepatic flexure colon varices. Following studies confirmed isolated varices involving hepatic flexure colon due to pancreatic cancer with occlusion of superior mesenteric vein. From this report, superior mesenteric vein occlusion caused by uncinate pancreatic head cancer should be considered as a differential diagnosis of colon varices.

  15. Dietary habits and esophageal cancer.

    Palladino-Davis, A G; Mendez, B M; Fisichella, P M; Davis, C S


    Cancer of the esophagus is an underestimated, poorly understood, and changing disease. Its overall 5-year survival is less than 20%, even in the United States, which is largely a function of a delay in diagnosis until its more advanced stages. Additionally, the epidemiologic complexities of esophageal cancer are vast, rendering screening and prevention limited at best. First, the prevalence of esophageal cancer is unevenly distributed throughout the world. Second, the two histological forms (squamous cell and adenocarcinoma) vary in terms of their geographic prevalence and associated risk factors. Third, some populations appear at particular risk for esophageal cancer. And fourth, the incidence of esophageal cancer is in continuous flux among groups. Despite the varied prevalence and risks among populations, some factors have emerged as consistent associations while others are only now becoming more fully recognized. The most prominent, scientifically supported, and long-regarded risk factors for esophageal cancer are tobacco, alcohol, and reflux esophagitis. Inasmuch as the above are regarded as important risk factors for esophageal cancer, they are not the sole contributors. Dietary habits, nutrition, local customs, and the environment may be contributory. Along these lines, vitamins, minerals, fruits, vegetables, meats, fats, salted foods, nitrogen compounds, carcinogens, mycotoxins, and even the temperature of what we consume are increasingly regarded as potential etiologies for this deadly although potentially preventable disease. The goal of this review is to shed light on the less known role of nutrition and dietary habits in esophageal cancer.

  16. Meta-analysis: isosorbide-mononitrate alone or with either beta-blockers or endoscopic therapy for the management of oesophageal varices

    Gluud, Lise Lotte; Langholz, Ebbe; Krag, Aleksander Ahm


    The evidence concerning the use of isosorbide-mononitrate (IsMn) for oesophageal varices is equivocal.......The evidence concerning the use of isosorbide-mononitrate (IsMn) for oesophageal varices is equivocal....

  17. Gender effects on esophageal motility

    Dantas R.O.


    Full Text Available It has been suggested that there are no gender effects on esophageal motility. However, in previous studies the subjects did not perform multiple swallows and the quantitative features of esophageal contractions were not evaluated. In order to investigate the gender effects on esophageal motility we studied 40 healthy normal volunteers, 20 men aged 37 ± 15 years (mean ± SD, and 20 women aged 38 ± 14 years. We used the manometric method with an eight-lumen polyvinyl catheter and continuous perfusion. The upper and lower esophageal sphincter pressures were measured by the rapid pull-through method. With the catheter positioned with one lumen opening in the lower esophageal sphincter, and the others at 5, 10 and 15 cm above the sphincter, ten swallows of a 5-ml water bolus alternated with ten dry swallows were performed. Statistical analysis was done by the Student t-test and Mann-Whitney test. Gender differences (P<0.05 were observed for wet swallows in the duration of contractions 5 cm above the lower esophageal sphincter (men: 3.7 ± 0.2 s, women: 4.5 ± 0.3 s, mean ± SEM, and in the velocity of contractions from 15 to 10 cm above the lower esophageal sphincter (men: 4.7 ± 0.3 cm/s, women: 3.5 ± 0.2 cm/s. There was no difference (P>0.05 in sphincter pressure, duration and percentage of complete lower esophageal sphincter relaxation, amplitude of contractions, or in the number of failed, multipeaked and synchronous contractions. We conclude that gender may cause some differences in esophageal motility which, though of no clinical significance, should be taken into consideration when interpreting esophageal motility tests.

  18. Right ovarian vein drainage variant: Is there a relationship with pelvic varices?

    Koc, Zafer [Baskent Universitesi, Adana Hastanesi, Radyoloji Boeluemue, Serin Evler 39, Sok. No. 6 Yueregir, Adana (Turkey)]. E-mail:; Ulusan, Serife [Baskent Universitesi, Adana Hastanesi, Radyoloji Boeluemue, Serin Evler 39, Sok. No. 6 Yueregir, Adana (Turkey); Oguzkurt, Levent [Baskent Universitesi, Adana Hastanesi, Radyoloji Boeluemue, Serin Evler 39, Sok. No. 6 Yueregir, Adana (Turkey)


    Objective: To correlate right ovarian vein (ROV) variations that drain into the right renal vein (RRV) with the presence of pelvic varices. Materials and methods: Routine abdominal multidetector-row computed tomography scans of 324 women were analyzed for the presence and type of ROV variations in this retrospective study. The subjects were divided into 2 groups: those with ROV variations and those without such variations. The diameters of the subjects' ROV, left ovarian vein (LOV), and parauterine veins were measured. Pelvic varices and the presence and degree of ovarian vein reflux were noted and compared between the 2 groups. The {chi}{sup 2}-test and the Pearson correlation test were used for statistical analysis. Results: Thirty-two (9.9%) of 324 women studied exhibited ROV variant that drained into the right renal vein, and the remaining subjects (90.1%) exhibited a normal pattern of ROV drainage that flowed directly into the inferior vena cava. Pelvic varices were identified in 59 (18%) of the subjects. Reflux was not observed in any patient without pelvic varices. Fifty-seven of 59 women exhibited ovarian vein reflux. In 56 of those 57 individuals, reflux occurred only in the LOV, and in 1 subject, reflux was noted predominantly in the ROV. No significant relationship between the presence of an ROV that drained into the right renal vein and pelvic varices was noted. Conclusion: Although right-sided pelvic varices associated with right ovarian vein drainage variations are rare, anatomic variations of the right ovarian vein are not. This study did not find an association between the presence of right ovarian vein and pelvic varices.

  19. 食道压测定对急性呼吸窘迫综合征患者机械通气设置的指导意义%Guiding significance of esophageal-pressure measurement on parameter setting of mechanical ventilation of patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome

    荣令; 李家树; 周新


    在急性肺损伤/急性呼吸窘迫综合征患者的机械通气中,如何在减少肺泡塌陷和防止肺过度膨胀之间实现利益平衡依然充满挑战.通过测定食道压来估算跨肺压可能允许个体化设置呼吸机参数以适应不同患者在肺和胸壁力学特征上的差异,并有可能减少急性肺损伤/急性呼吸窘迫综合征患者进一步的肺损伤.%It remains challenging bow to achieve balance between reduction of alveolar collapse and prevention of lung hyperinflation in mechanical ventilation of patients with acute lung injury/acute respiratory distress syndrome. Estimating transpulmonary pressure by measuring esophageal pressure may allow individualization of ventilator setting to accommodate individual variation in mechanical characteristics of lung and chest wall,and reduce further lung injury in patients with acute lung injury/ acute respiratory distress syndrome.

  20. Radiation-Induced Esophagitis is Mitigated by Soy Isoflavones

    Matthew D Fountain


    Full Text Available Introduction: Lung cancer patients receiving radiotherapy present with acute esophagitis and chronic fibrosis, as a result of radiation injury to esophageal tissues. We have shown that soy isoflavones alleviate pneumonitis and fibrosis caused by radiation toxicity to normal lung. The effect of soy isoflavones on esophagitis histopathological changes induced by radiation was investigated. Methods: C57BL/6 mice were treated with 10 Gy or 25 Gy single thoracic irradiation and soy isoflavones for up to 16 weeks. Damage to esophageal tissues was assessed by H&E, Masson’s Trichrome and Ki-67 staining at 1, 4, 10, 16 weeks after radiation. The effects on smooth muscle cells and leukocyte infiltration were determined by immunohistochemistry using anti-αSMA and anti-CD45 respectively. Results: Radiation caused thickening of esophageal tissue layers that was significantly reduced by soy isoflavones. Major radiation alterations included hypertrophy of basal cells in mucosal epithelium and damage to smooth muscle cells in muscularis mucosae as well as disruption of collagen fibers in lamina propria connective tissue with leukocyte infiltration. These effects were observed as early as one week after radiation and were more pronounced with a higher dose of 25 Gy. Soy isoflavones limited the extent of tissue damage induced by radiation both at 10 and 25 Gy.Conclusions: Soy isoflavones have a radioprotective effect on the esophagus, mitigating the early and late effects of radiation injury in several esophagus tissue layers. Soy could be administered with radiotherapy to decrease the incidence and severity of esophagitis in lung cancer patients receiving thoracic radiation therapy.

  1. [Prevalence of erosive esophagitis and peptic esophageal strictures].

    Vasilevskiĭ, D I; Skurikhin, S S; Luft, A V; Mednikov, S N; Silant'ev, D S; Kulagin, V I; Dvoretskiĭ, S Iu; Bagnenko, S F


    Gastroesophageal reflux disease is a widespread among population in economically developed countries including Russia. It was analyzed the results of 34 903 endoscopic examinations of upper gastrointestinal tract in ethnically and socially homogeneous population of Leningrad region with symptoms of gastric dispepsia. Procedures were performed for the period 2007-2013. Prevalence of erosive esophagitis was 4.9%. Peptic esophageal strictures due to chronic reflux-associated inflammation were revealed in 0.2% of examined patients (3.7% of patients with erosive esophagitis). Obtained data allow to considergastroesophageal reflux disease as a socially significant problem in Russia requiring close attention and further study.

  2. Clinical observation of embolotherapy by endoscopic injection with α-cyanoacrylate alkyl for treatment of gastric varices bleeding%α-氰丙烯酸烷基酯栓塞治疗胃静脉曲张破裂出血的临床观察

    卢向东; 张志广; 辛昱


    cure the gastric varices, sandwich method was adopted by means of tissue adhesives. 11 patients with both gastric and esophageal varices were first treated by injection of the tissue adhesive and then the esophageal varices were ligated. After the operation, the patients received follow-up endoscopy, their rates in controlling bleeding, eradication of gastric varices, the mortality and the side effect were observed. Results The rate in controlling bleeding was 100 %, the rate of early re-bleeding was 0 %; the varices in 13 patients were eradicated significantly (72.2%), 3 patients were effective ( 16.7% ), 2 patients were ineffective(11.1%); 3 patients had low fever,septecemia occurred in 1 patient, 2 patients revealed asymptomatic postinjection ulcers and erosion occurred in 11 patients at injection site from tissue adhesive after endoscopic treatment.Conclusion The method of injection of tissue adhesive under endoscopic guidance for treatment of gastric varices was convenient,safe and effective.

  3. Management of non-variceal upper gastrointestinal tract hemorrhage: Controversies and areas of uncertainty

    Eric P Trawick; Patrick S Yachimski


    Upper gastrointestinal tract hemorrhage (UGIH) remains a common presentation requiring urgent evaluation and treatment.Accurate assessment,appropriate intervention and apt clinical skills are needed for proper management from time of presentation to discharge.The advent of pharmacologic acid suppression,endoscopic hemostatic techniques,and recognition of Helicobacter pylori as an etiologic agent in peptic ulcer disease (PUD)has revolutionized the treatment of UGIH.Despite this,acute UGIH still carries considerable rates of morbidity and mortality.This review aims to discuss current areas of uncertainty and controversy in the management of UGIH.Neoadjuvant proton pump inhibitor (PPI) therapy has become standard empiric treatment for UGIH given that PUD is the leading cause of non-variceal UGIH,and PPIs are extremely effective at promoting ulcer healing.However,neoadjuvant PPI administration has not been shown to affect hard clinical outcomes such as rebleeding or mortality.The optimal timing of upper endoscopy in UGIH is often debated.Upon completion of volume resuscitation and hemodynamic stabilization,upper endoscopy should be performed within 24 h in all patients with evidence of UGIH for both diagnostic and therapeutic purposes.With rising healthcare cost paramount in today's medical landscape,the ability to appropriately triage UGIH patients is of increasing value.Upper endoscopy in conjunction with the clinical scenario allows for accurate decision making concerning early discharge home in low-risk lesions or admission for further monitoring and treatment in higher-risk lesions.Concomitant pharmacotherapy with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and antiplatelet agents,such as clopidogrel,has a major impact on the etiology,severity,and potential treatment of UGIH.Long-term PPI use in patients taking chronic NSAIDs or clopidogrel is discussed thoroughly in this review.

  4. A new candidate as a hemostatic agent for difficult situations during variceal bleeding: Ankaferd blood stopper

    Ersan Ozaslan


    Full Text Available Variceal bleeding is the most challenging emergent situation among the causes of upper gastrointestinal bleeding. Despite substantial improvement, a need remains for therapeutic armamentarium of such cases, which is easy, effective and without side-effect. Ankaferd blood stopper (ABS is a standardized herbal extract acting as a hemostatic agent on the bleeding or injured areas. In this observational study, a total of four patients with variceal bleeding were treated with endoscopic ABS application. The lesions were bleeding gastric varices (n:3 and bleeding duodenal varix (n:1. ABS was selected as a bridge to definitive therapies due to unavailability or inappropriateness of bleeding lesions to conventional measures. ABS was instilled or flushed onto the bleeding areas by sclerotherotherapy needle or heater probe catheter. Periprocedural control of the bleeding was achieved in all instances. Thereafter, on an elective basis, two patients with gastric varices underwent cyanoacrylate injection, while third underwent Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt and embolization. The patient with duodenal varix refused further therapy, after a few hours after admission and was discharged. He again presented the same day with rebleeding, but died before any attempt could be made to control his bleeding. ABS seems to be effective in cases of variceal bleeding as a bridge to therapy. Its major advantages are the ease of use and lack of side-effects.

  5. Bleeding gastric varices: Results of endoscopic injection with cyanoacrylate at King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital

    Phadet Noophun; Pradermchai Kongkam; Sutep Gonlachanvit; Rungsun Rerknimitr


    AIM: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of gastric varices injection with cyanoacrylate in patients with gastric variceal bleeding.METHODS: Twenty-four patients (15 males, 9 females) with gastric variceal bleeding underwent endoscopic treatment with cyanoacrylate injection. Successful hemostasis, rebleeding rate, and complications were retrospectively reviewed. Followed up endoscopy was performed and repeat cyanoacrylate injection was given until gastric varices were obliterated. RESULTS: Seventeen patients achieved definite hemostasis. Of these, 14 patients had primary success after initial endoscopic therapy. Ten patients developed recurrent bleeding. Repeated cyanoacrylate injection stopped rebleeding in three patients. Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) was performed to control rebleeding in one patient which occured after repeat endoscopic therapy. Six patients died (three from uncontrolled bleeding, two from sepsis, and one from mesenteric vein thrombosis). Minor complications occurred in 11 patients (six epigastric discomfort and five post injection ulcers). Cyanoacrylate embolism developed in two patients. One of these patients died from mesenteric vein thrombosis. The other had pulmonary embolism which resolved spontaneously. Advanced cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) were major risk factors for uncontrolled bleeding.CONCLUSION: Endoscopic treatment for bleeding gastric varices with cyanoacrylate injection is effective for immediate hemostasis. Repeat cyanoacrylate injection has a lower success rate than the initial injection.Cyanoacrylate embolism is not a common serious complication.

  6. Treatment of gastric varices with partial splenic embolization in a patient with portal vein thrombosis and a myeloproliferative disorder.

    Gianotti, Robert; Charles, Hearns; Hymes, Kenneth; Chandarana, Hersh; Sigal, Samuel


    Therapeutic options for gastric variceal bleeding in the presence of extensive portal vein thrombosis associated with a myeloproliferative disorder are limited. We report a case of a young woman who presented with gastric variceal bleeding secondary to extensive splanchnic venous thrombosis due to a Janus kinase 2 mutation associated myeloproliferative disorder that was managed effectively with partial splenic embolization.

  7. Clinical Analysis of 120 Cases of Elderly Patients with Acute Upper Gastrointestinal Bleeding%120例老年急性上消化道出血患者临床分析

    伍煜伦; 赵青山; 陈素文


      目的:探讨老年急性上消化道出血的临床特点.方法:回顾性分析120例老年急性上消化道出血患者的临床资料,与同期收治的110例非老年急性上消化道出血患者进行比较.结果:与非老年人组比较,老年人组上消化道出血的病因中胃溃疡、急性胃黏膜病变、胃癌的患病率均较高(P<0.05),而十二指肠溃疡及食管静脉曲张破裂的患病率均较低(P<0.05).伴随疾病率、死亡率均较高(P<0.05).结论:掌握老年急性上消化道出血临床特点,有助于改善预后.%  Objective:To investigate the clinical features of elderly patients with acute upper gastrointestinal bleeding.Method:A retrospective analysis of 120 cases of elderly patients with acute upper gastrointestinal bleeding,110 cases of non-elderly patients with acute gastrointestinal bleeding at the same period were compared.Result:Compared with non-elderly group,the incidence rate of gastric ulcer,acute gastric mucosal lesions and gastric cancer in the elderly group were significant higher(P<0.05),duodenal ulcer and esophageal varices were significant lower(P<0.05).The rate of comorbidity and mortality were significant higher(P<0.05).Conclusion:Mastering the clinical characteristics of elderly patients with acute upper gastrointestinal bleeding can help to improve the prognosis.

  8. Pulmonary embolism after endoscopic injection with N-butyl-2-cyanoacrylate for gastric varices

    Gabriela Robaina


    Full Text Available Gastric varices occur in one-third of patients with portal hypertension. Bleeding from gastric varices remains a significant cause of death. Currently the first-line of treatment for gastric varices is endoscopic obliteration with N-butyl-2-cyanoacrylate. Though relatively safe, this option has several well-known complications. We report the case of a 61-year-old male patient with cryptogenic cirrhosis, who presented with fever, tachycardia and hypoxemia after endoscopic obliteration with N-butyl-2-cyanoacrylate. Radiographic findings were consistent with pulmonary embolism of the sclerosing substance. The aim of this case report is to emphasize the clinical and radiological findings of this complication in order to distinguish it from other similar medical conditions and prevent a delay in diagnosis

  9. Severe gastric variceal bleeding successfully treated by emergency splenic artery embolization.

    Sankararaman, Senthilkumar; Velayuthan, Sujithra; Vea, Romulo; Herbst, John


    Bleeding from gastric varices due to splenic vein obstruction is extremely rare in children, but it can be catastrophic. Reported herein is the case of a teenager with splenic vein thrombosis and chronic decompensated liver disease from autoimmune hepatitis who presented with massive gastric variceal bleeding. Standard medical management did not control the bleeding. Due to decompensated liver disease and continuous active bleeding, emergency partial splenic artery embolization was preferred over splenectomy or a shunt procedure. Bleeding was successfully controlled by partial splenic artery embolization by decreasing the inflow of blood into the portal system. It is concluded that emergency partial splenic artery embolization is a safer alternative life-saving procedure to manage severe gastric variceal bleeding due to splenic vein obstruction in a patient with high surgical risk. To our knowledge, only one other patient with similar management has been reported in the pediatric age group.

  10. Cloxacillin: A New Cause of Pill-Induced Esophagitis

    Petros Zezos


    Full Text Available A large variety of medications can cause pill-induced esophagitis. Herein we present a case of cloxacillin-induced esophagitis. A 66-year-old male presented with an acute onset of epigastric and retrosternal pain on the 5th day of a course of oral cloxacillin prescribed for erysipelas. Initial clinical and imaging assessment was negative and he was sent home. A few days later, he returned with persistent severe retrosternal pain; endoscopy at the same day revealed a normal upper esophagus, several small stellate erosions in the midesophagus, and a normal squamocolumnar junction with a small hiatus hernia. Treatment with esomeprazole 40 mg bid and MucaineR suspension resulted in complete resolution of his symptoms. Pill-induced esophagitis may be underreported by patients, when symptoms are mild and unrecognized and/or underdiagnosed by the clinicians as a cause of retrosternal pain, odynophagia, or dysphagia. Failure of early recognition may result in unnecessary diagnostic investigations and prolongation of the patient’s discomfort. This case signifies the importance of enhancing clinician awareness for drug-associated esophageal injury when assessing patients with retrosternal pain, as well as the value of prophylaxis against this unpleasant condition by universally recommending drinking enough water in an upright position during ingestion of any oral medication.

  11. A Case of Eosinophilic Esophagitis Accompanying Familial Mediterranean Fever

    Rohani, Pejman; Najafi Sani, Mehri; Ahmadi, Mitra


    Background. Eosinophilic esophagitis is an inflammatory condition where there is a dense infiltration of eosinophils typically exceeding fifteen cells per high power field. Familial Mediterranean fever is an autosomal recessive disorder characterized by brief, acute, and self-limited episodes of fever and polyserositis that recur at irregular intervals. Case Presentation. A three-year-and-nine-month-old Iranian girl was admitted to our center. The patient's parents complained of a history of abdominal pain, poor appetite, and poor weight gain from 1.5 years ago and episodes of food impaction after starting solid foods. Eosinophilic esophagitis was diagnosed based on histology. Because of continuing abdominal pain after treatment of eosinophilic esophagitis, the episodic nature of disease, and the presence of fever with pain, screening for familial Mediterranean fever mutation was performed and the patient was found to be heterozygote for Mediterranean fever. Conclusion. We have reported a case of eosinophilic esophagitis coexisting with familial Mediterranean fever which has not been described previously. PMID:28255474

  12. Drugs Approved for Esophageal Cancer

    This page lists cancer drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for esophageal cancer. The list includes generic names and brand names. The drug names link to NCI's Cancer Drug Information summaries.

  13. Esophageal ulceration complicating doxycycline therapy

    Mohammad A. Al-Mofarreh; Ibrahim A. Al Mofleh


    AIM: To report present state of iatrogenic drug-induced esophageal injury (DIEI) induced by medications in a private clinic.METHODS: Iatrogenic drug-induced esophageal injury (DIEI) induced by medications has been more frequently reported. In a private clinic we encountered 36 cases of esophageal ulcerations complicating doxycycline therapy in a mainly younger Saudi population (median age 29 years).RESULTS: The most frequent presenting symptoms were oclynophagia, retrostemal burning pain and dysphagia (94 %,75 % and 56 %, respectively). The diagnosis was according to medical history and confirmed by endoscopy in all patients.Beside withdrawal of doxycycline, when feasible, all patients were treated with a proton-pump inhibitor (PPI) and a prokinetic. Thirty patients who reported to the clinic after treatment were improved within 1-7 (median 1.7) days.CONCLUSION: Esophageal ulceration has to be suspected in younger patients with odynophagia, retrosternal burning pain and/or clysphagia during the treatment with doxycycline.

  14. Predictors of In-hospital Mortality Among Patients Presenting with Variceal Gastrointestinal Bleeding

    Amith S Kumar


    Full Text Available Background/Aim: The recent years have witnessed an increase in number of people harboring chronic liver diseases. Gastroesophageal variceal bleeding occurs in 30% of patients with cirrhosis, and accounts for 80%-90% of bleeding episodes. We aimed to assess the in-hospital mortality rate among subjects presenting with variceal gastrointestinal bleeding and (2 to investigate the predictors of mortality rate among subjects presenting with variceal gastrointestinal bleeding. Patients and Methods: This retrospective study was conducted from treatment records of 317 subjects who presented with variceal upper gastrointestinal bleeding to Government Medical College, Patiala, between June 1, 2010, and May 30, 2014. The data thus obtained was compiled using a preset proforma, and the details analyzed using SPSSv20. Results: Cirrhosis accounted for 308 (97.16% subjects with bleeding varices, with extrahepatic portal vein obstruction 9 (2.84% completing the tally. Sixty-three (19.87% subjects succumbed to death during hospital stay. Linear logistic regression revealed independent predictors for in-hospital mortality, including higher age (P = 0.000, Child-Pugh Class (P = 0.002, altered sensorium (P = 0.037, rebleeding within 24 h of admission (P = 0.000, low hemoglobin level (P = 0.023, and serum bilirubin (P = 0.002. Conclusion: Higher age, low hemoglobin, higher Child-Pugh Class, rebleeding within 24 h of admission, higher serum bilirubin, and lower systolic blood pressure are the independent predictors of in-hospital mortality among subjects presenting with variceal gastrointestinal bleeding.

  15. Clinical Characteristics of Pediatric Esophagitis in Southern Iran; A Single-Center Experience

    Mozhgan Zahmatkeshan


    Full Text Available Background: We sought to determine the clinical characteristics of pediatric esophagitis in southern Iran. Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted over a 4-year period, from 2005 to 2009, in Nemazee Hospital, a tertiary healthcare center in Shiraz, southern Iran. We consecutively included all pediatric patients (<18 years who underwent endoscopy in our center and had pathology-confirmed diagnosis of esophagitis. Data regarding the patients’ demographic characteristics, comorbidities, and clinical findings were recorded using a questionnaire. All the patients underwent upper gastrointestinal endoscopy and biopsy of the esophagus, and the findings were recorded in the questionnaire. Results: We studied 125 children, comprising 61 (48.8% girls and 64 (51.2% boys at a mean age of 6.6±5.5 years. Repeated vomiting was the prominent symptom in our series, with it being reported by 75 (60% patients, followed by fever in 35 (28%. Erythema (33.6%, esophageal ulcer (11.2%, and whitish patch (8.0% were the most common endoscopic findings, while reflux esophagitis (32.8%, chronic (6.4% and acute esophagitis (5.6%, and candida esophagitis (5.6% were the most common histological diagnoses. Only one (0.8% patient was diagnosed as having eosinophilic esophagitis, aspergillosis, and graft-versus-host disease. Conclusion: Reflux was the most common cause of esophagitis in the pediatric population of southern Iran. Contrary to previous reports, the prevalence of eosinophilic esophagitis was far less than that estimated, while the prevalence of opportunistic infections was higher secondary to post-liver transplantation immunosuppression.

  16. Ektopiske varicer i den distale ileum som årsag til gastrointestinal blødning

    Thorup, Tine Juhl; Beier-Holgersen, Randi; Bruun, Jens


    Varices of the terminal ileum are not a common complication to portal hypertension but we describe a case where a 60-year-old male patient had massive, recurrent intestinal bleeding due to collateral blood supply from umbilical veins to varicose veins of the terminal ileum.......Varices of the terminal ileum are not a common complication to portal hypertension but we describe a case where a 60-year-old male patient had massive, recurrent intestinal bleeding due to collateral blood supply from umbilical veins to varicose veins of the terminal ileum....

  17. Cutaneous Metastases From Esophageal Adenocarcinoma

    Triantafyllou, Stamatina; Georgia, Doulami; Gavriella-Zoi, Vrakopoulou; Dimitrios, Mpistarakis; Stulianos, Katsaragakis; Theodoros, Liakakos; Georgios, Zografos; Dimitrios, Theodorou


    The aim of this study is to present 2 rare cases of cutaneous metastases originated from adenocarcinoma of the gastro-esophageal junction, thus, underline the need for early diagnosis and possible treatment of suspicious skin lesions among patients with esophageal malignancy. Metastatic cancer to the skin originated from internal malignancies, mostly lung cancer, breast cancer, and colorectal cancer, constitute 0.5 to 9% of all metastatic cancers.5,8,15 Skin metastases, mainly from squamous cell carcinomas of the esophagus, are rarely reported. Cutaneous metastasis is a finding indicating progressiveness of the disease.17 More precisely, median survival is estimated approximately 4.7 months.2,14 This study is a retrospective review of 2 cases of patients with adenocarcinoma of the esophagus and a review of the literature. Two patients aged 60 and 32 years old, respectively, underwent esophagectomy. Both pathologic reports disclosed adenocarcinoma of the gastro-esophageal junction staged T3 N2 M0 (stage IIIB). During follow-up time, the 2 patients were diagnosed with cutaneous metastases originated from the primary esophageal tumor 11 and 4 months after surgery, respectively. The first patient is alive 37 months after diagnosis, while the second one died 16 months after surgery. Cutaneous metastasis caused by esophageal adenocarcinoma is possible. Therefore, follow-up of patients who were diagnosed with esophageal malignancy and underwent esophagectomy is mandatory in order to reveal early surgical stages. PMID:25785344

  18. Esophageal malignancy: A growing concern

    Jianyuan Chai; M Mazen Jamal


    Esophageal cancer is mainly found in Asia and east Africa and is one of the deadliest cancers in the world.However,it has not garnered much attention in the Western world due to its low incidence rate.An increasing amount of data indicate that esophageal cancer,particularly esophageal adenocarcinoma,has been rising by 6-fold annually and is now becoming the fastest growing cancer in the United States.This rise has been associated with the increase of the obese population,as abdominal fat puts extra pressure on the stomach and causes gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).Long standing GERD can induce esophagitis and metaplasia and,ultimately,leads to adenocarcinoma.Acid suppression has been the main strategy to treat GERD; however,it has not been proven to control esophageal malignancy effectively.In fact,its side effects have triggered multiple warnings from regulatory agencies.The high mortality and fast growth of esophageal cancer demand more vigorous efforts to look into its deeper mechanisms and come up with better therapeutic options.

  19. Successful Treatment of Bleeding Gastric Varices with Splenectomy in a Patient with Splenic, Portal, and Mesenteric Thromboses

    Lior Menasherian-Yaccobe


    Full Text Available A 59-year-old female with a history of multiple splanchnic and portal thromboses treated with warfarin underwent an esophagogastroduodenoscopy for cancer screening, and a polypoid mass was biopsied. One week later, she was admitted with upper gastrointestinal hemorrhage. Her therapeutic coagulopathy was reversed with fresh frozen plasma, and she was transfused with packed red blood cells. An esophagogastroduodenoscopy demonstrated an erosion of a gastric varix without evidence of recent bleeding. Conservative measures failed, and she continued to bleed during her stay. She was not considered a candidate for a shunt procedure; therefore, a splenectomy was performed. Postoperative esophagogastroduodenoscopy demonstrated near complete resolution of gastric varices. One year after discharge on warfarin, there has been no recurrence of hemorrhage. Gastric varices often arise from either portal hypertension or splenic vein thrombosis. Treatment of gastric variceal hemorrhage can be challenging. Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt is often effective for emergency control in varices secondary to portal hypertension. Splenectomy is the treatment for varices that arise from splenic vein thrombosis. However, treatment of gastric variceal hemorrhage in the context of multiple splanchnic and portal vein thromboses is more complicated. We report splenectomy as a successful treatment of gastric varices in a patient with multiple extrahepatic thromboses.

  20. Prevention and Treatment of Esophageal Stenosis after Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection for Early Esophageal Cancer

    Jing Wen


    Full Text Available Endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD for the treatment of esophageal mucosal lesions is associated with a risk of esophageal stenosis, especially for near-circumferential or circumferential esophageal mucosal defects. Here, we review historic and modern studies on the prevention and treatment of esophageal stenosis after ESD. These methods include prevention via pharmacological treatment, endoscopic autologous cell transplantation, endoscopic esophageal dilatation, and stent placement. This short review will focus on direct prevention and treatment, which may help guide the way forward.

  1. 21 CFR 878.3610 - Esophageal prosthesis.


    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Esophageal prosthesis. 878.3610 Section 878.3610...) MEDICAL DEVICES GENERAL AND PLASTIC SURGERY DEVICES Prosthetic Devices § 878.3610 Esophageal prosthesis. (a) Identification. An esophageal prosthesis is a rigid, flexible, or expandable tubular device...

  2. Gallium-67 imaging in candidal esophagitis

    Rundback, J.H.; Goldfarb, C.R.; Ongseng, F. (Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, NY (USA))


    Ga-67 scanning has been used to evaluate esophageal carcinoma. It has demonstrated candidal infection in other body sites and, in one previous case, in the esophagus. The authors present a case of diffuse esophageal uptake of Ga-67 in esophageal candidiasis.

  3. Prophylactic antibiotics for variceal hemorrhage: Clostridium difficile infection still can be a risk

    Naohiro Okano; Kentaro Iwata


    Bron et al presented a retrospective study regarding the prophylactic use of antibiotics for variceal hemorrhage. Antibiotics appeared to improve the survival rate of patients without increasing clostridium difficile infection (CDI). We argue against the conclusion of the authors and consider that this result may be simply due to concurrent use of metronidazole, a therapeutic agent against CDI.

  4. Hemodynamic effects of propranolol with spironolactone in patients with variceal bleeds: A randomized controlled trial

    Binay K De; Deep Dutta; Rimi Som; Pranab K Biswas; Subrata K Pal; Anirban Biswas


    AIM: To study the hemodynamic effects of spironolactone with propranolol vs propranolol alone in the secondary prophylaxis of variceal bleeding.METHODS: Thirty-five cirrhotics with variceal bleeding randomly received propranolol (n = 17: Group A) or spironolactone plus propranolol (n = 18: Group B). Hemodynamic assessment was performed at baseline and on the eighth day.RESULTS: Spironolactone with propranolol caused a greater reduction in the hepatic venous pressure gradient than propranolol alone (26.94% vs 10.2%; P < 0.01). Fourteen out of eighteen patients on the combination treatment had a reduction in hepatic venous pressure gradient to < 12 mmHg or a 20% reduction from baseline in contrast to only six out of seventeen (6/17) on propranolol alone (P < 0.05).CONCLUSION: Spironolactone with propranolol results in a better response with a greater reduction in hepatic venous pressure gradient in the secondary prophylaxis of variceal bleeding. A greater number of patients may be protected by this combination therapy than by propranolol alone. Hence, this combination may be recommended for secondary prophylaxis in patients with variceal bleeding.

  5. A case of idiopathic colonic varices: A rare cause of hematochezia misconceived as tumor

    Joung-Ho Han; Won-Joong Jeon; Hee-Bok Chae; Seon-Mee Park; Sei-Jin Youn; Seok-Hyung Kim; Il-Hun Bae; Sang-Jeon Lee


    Colonic varices are a very rare cause of lower gastrointestinal bleeding. Fewer than 100 cases of colonic varices, and 30 cases of idiopathic colonic varices (ICV) have been reported in the English literature.Among these 30 cases of ICV, 19 cases were diagnosed by angiography, and 7 operated cases were diagnosed later as ileocecal vein deficit, hemangioma, and idiopathic in 1, 1, 5 cases, respectively. We report the case of a 24-year-old man who suffered from multiple episodes of hematochezia of varying degree at the age of 11 years. He had severe anemia with hemoglobin of 21 g/L. On colonoscopy, tortuously dilated submucosal vein and friable ulceration covered with dark necrotic tissues especially at the rectosigmoid region were seen from the rectum up to the distal descending colon. It initially appeared to be carcinoma with varices. Mesenteric angiographic study suggested a colonic hemangioma.Low anterior resection was done due to medically intractable and recurrent hematochezia. Other bowel and mesenteric vascular structures appeared normal.Microscopic examination revealed normal colonic mucosa with dilated veins throughout the submucosa and serosa without representing new vessel growth. Taken all of these findings together, the patient was diagnosed as ICV. His postoperative course was uneventful.

  6. CT-maximum intensity projection is a clinically useful modality for the detection of gastric varices

    Toru Ishikawa; Tomoteru Kamimura; Takashi Ushiki; Ken-ichi Mizuno; Tadayuki Togashi; Kouji Watanabe; Kei-ichi Seki; Hironobu Ohta; Toshiaki Yoshida; Keiko Takeda


    AIM: To evaluate the efficacy of CT-maximum intensity projection (CT-MIP) in the detection of gastric varicesand their inflowing and outflowing vessels in patientswith gastric varices scheduled to undergo balloonoccluded retrograde transvenous obliteration (B-RTO). METHODS: Sixteen patients with endoscopicallyconfirmed gastric varices were included in this study. All patients were evaluated with CT-MIP using threedimensional reconstructions, before and after B-RTO. RESULTS: CT-MIP clearly depicted gastric varices in 16 patients (100%), the left gastric vein in 6 (32.5%),the posterior gastric vein in 12 (75.0%), the short gastric veins in 13 (81.3%), gastrorenal shunts in 16 (100%), the hemiazygos vein (HAZV) in 4 (25.0%), the pericardiophrenic vein (PCPV) in 9 (56.3%), and the left inferior phrenic vein in 9 patients (56.3%). Although flow direction itself cannot be determined from CT-MIP,this modality provided clear images of the inflowing and the outflowing vessels. Moreover, in one patient, short gastric veins were not seen on conventional angiographic portography images of the spleen, but were clearly revealed on CT-MIP,CONCLUSION: We suggest that CT-MIP should be considered as a routine method for detecting and diagnosing collateral veins in patients with gastric varices scheduled for B-RTO. Furthermore, CT-MIP is more useful than endoscopy in verifying the early therapeutic effects of B-RTO.

  7. The Ultrasound Diagnosis of Round Ligament Varices That Mimicked Inguinal Hernias During Pregnancy:A Case Report

    Yoon, Hyung Jo; Shin, Hyun Woong; Kim, Seong Hun [Daegu Fatima Hospital, Daegu (Korea, Republic of); Cho, Sang Hee; Byun, Kyung Hwan [CHA Gumi Medical Center, CHA University, Gumi (Korea, Republic of)


    Round ligament varices during pregnancy are an important part of the differential diagnosis of inguinal hernia as they may cause symptoms and clinical features that are similar to those of inguinal hernia. When this condition is correctly diagnosed, an unnecessary operation may be prevented. The diagnosis of round ligament varices should be considered for pregnant women who present with a palpable mass in the groin. We describe here a case of round ligament varices that presented during pregnancy and this was readily diagnosed with Doppler sonography

  8. Balloon occlusion retrograde transvenous obliteration of gastric varices in two-cirrhotic patients with portal vein thrombosis

    Borhei, Peyman; Kim, Seung Kwon; Zukerman, Darryl A [Interventional Radiology, Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis (United States)


    This report describes two non-cirrhotic patients with portal vein thrombosis who underwent successful balloon occlusion retrograde transvenous obliteration (BRTO) of gastric varices with a satisfactory response and no complications. One patient was a 35-year-old female with a history of Crohn's disease, status post-total abdominal colectomy, and portal vein and mesenteric vein thrombosis. The other patient was a 51-year-old female with necrotizing pancreatitis, portal vein thrombosis, and gastric varices. The BRTO procedure was a useful treatment for gastric varices in non-cirrhotic patients with portal vein thrombosis in the presence of a gastrorenal shunt.

  9. Long-term effects of oral propranolol on splanchnic and systemic haemodynamics in patients with cirrhosis and oesophageal varices

    Bendtsen, F; Henriksen, Jens Henrik Sahl; Sørensen, T I


    Splanchnic and systemic haemodynamics were measured in 24 patients with cirrhosis and oesophageal varices and no previous bleeding. The patients were randomized either to long-term treatment with propranolol (14 patients) or no active treatment (controls, 10 patients). Catheterization was performed...... 1 year of treatment with propranolol, whereas a decrease in azygos blood flow was observed only in the propranolol group. The beneficial effect of propranolol on the risk of bleeding from oesophageal varices may, therefore, mostly be due to a selective decrease in collateral blood flow and thereby...... variceal blood flow....

  10. 管腔内局部照射诱发急性放射性食管损伤动物模型的构建及其应用%Development of a rat model of intraluminal local radiation-induced acute radioactive esophageal injury

    仝甲钊; 曲波; 王耀明; 金世柱; 崔亚利; 辛然; 王蓓蓓; 姜海燕


    AIM: To develop a rat model of acute radioactive esophageal injury by local irradiation of the esophagus with 125I seed chain and to explore its clinical application. METHODS: 125I seed chain was used to locally irradiate the esophagus of SD rats. The rats were killed on days 3, 5 and 7 after irradiation to take the full-length esophageal tissue. Tissue samples were embedded in paraffin, sectioned, and subjected to HE staining for pathological analysis. Pathological changes in the full-length esophageal tissue at one week and two weeks and living status at two weeks after intraluminal irradiation with 0.8 mGi 125I seed chain (initial activity 0.8 mGi) were observed. RESULTS: The chain of five 125I seeds, with an initial activity of > 0.6 mGi, could induce radioactive esophageal injury by intraluminally irradiating the esophagus for 5 d. Radioactive esophageal injury increased gradually with the increase in particle activity. 125I seed chain could be easily taken out postoperatively to avoid further esophageal injury. SD rats could gradually resume eating after intraluminal irradiation with 125I seed chain, and the injury tended to be repaired in two weeks. CONCLUSION: The chain of five 125I seeds, with an initial activity of > 0.6 mGi, can induce radioactive esophageal injury by intraluminally irradiating the rat esophagus for five days. Intraluminal brachytherapy with low-energy radionuclide 125I seed chain may provide a clinical option for treatment of advanced esophageal cancer.%目的:构建急性放射性食管损伤动物模型,并进行临床应用方法学探讨.方法:应用不同初始活度的125Ⅰ粒子链于SD大鼠食管管腔内进行局部照射,分别于照射3、5、7 d后处死大鼠,取全长食管组织做石蜡包埋、切片、HE染色,与空白组对照,进行病理学分析.观察初始活度0.8 mGi 125Ⅰ粒子链食管腔内照射后2 wk内大鼠生存状况及其7d组在1wk、2 wk时大鼠全长食管组织的病

  11. A rare cause of dysphagia: Herpes simplex esophagitis

    Bee Lee; Grant Caddy


    Herpes simplex esophagitis (HSE) is well documented in immunosuppressed patients. However, it is rare in the immunocompetent host. We present a case of HSE in a 21 year-old healthy lady who was admitted to our unit with dysphagia, odynophagia and chest pAln. Clinical examination revealed mild epigastric tenderness and admission bloods including full blood picture, electrolytes and inflammatory markers were normal. She underwent an esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) which revealed severe exudative, well-circumscribed ulcerations in her distal esophagus. Biopsies confirmed severe esophagitis with acute ulceration and subsequent polymerase chAln reaction (PCR) confirmed herpes simplex virus (HSV) type 1. Subsequent assessment fAlled to identify an immune disorder. HSE should be suspected when faced with characteristic endoscopic findings, even if the patient is immunocompetent. When the diagnosis of HSE is confirmed, an immune deficiency should be sought.

  12. A Rare Case of Gastric Variceal Hemorrhage Secondary to Infiltrative B-Cell Lymphoma

    Adrienne Lenhart


    Full Text Available Portal hypertension commonly arises in the setting of advanced liver cirrhosis and is the consequence of increased resistance within the portal vasculature. Less commonly, left-sided noncirrhotic portal hypertension can develop in a patient secondary to isolated obstruction of the splenic vein. We present a rare case of left-sided portal hypertension and isolated gastric varices in a patient with large B-cell lymphoma, who was treated with splenic artery embolization. The patient is a 73-year-old male with no previous history of liver disease, who presented with coffee ground emesis and melena. On admission to hospital, he was found to have a hemoglobin level of 3.4 g/l. Emergent esophagogastroduodenoscopy showed isolated bleeding gastric varices (IGV1 by Sarin classification in the fundus and cardia with subsequent argon plasma coagulation injection. He was transferred to our tertiary center where work-up revealed normal liver function tests, and abdominal ultrasound showed patent hepatic/portal vasculature without cirrhosis. MRI demonstrated a large heterogeneously enhancing mass in the pancreatic tail, with invasion into the spleen and associated splenic vein thrombosis. Surgery consultation was obtained, but urgent splenectomy was not recommended. The patient instead underwent splenic artery embolization to prevent future bleeding from his known gastric varices. Pathology from a CT-guided biopsy was consistent with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. PET imaging showed uptake in the splenic hilum/pancreatic tail region with no additional metastatic involvement. He was evaluated by the Hematology Department to initiate R-CHOP chemotherapy. During his outpatient follow-up, he reported no further episodes of melena or hematemesis. To the best of our knowledge, there have only been two published case reports of large B-cell lymphoma causing upper gastrointestinal bleeding from isolated gastric varices. These cases were treated with splenectomy or

  13. Congenital esophageal atresia with tracheo-esophageal fistula

    Rhee, Chung Sik [Ewha Womans University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    Three cases of esophageal atresia with tracheo-esophageal fistula. 1). Case 1: A female infant birth Wt. 1.95 kg , Apgar Score 10, Skeletal anomalies, was delivered after a pregnancy compeicated by hydroamnious on Aug. 17, 1970. The family history was not contributory. 2) Case 2: A male infant birth Wt. 2.8 kg , Apgar Score 8, was forcep delivered after a pregnancy on Feb. 8, 1970. This infant is twin. The family history was not contributory. 3) Case 3: A female infant birth Wt. 2.22 kg , Apgar Score 10, was C-section after a pregnancy on May, 16. 1970. The family history was not contributory. All cases: After 24 hours 5% glucose solution was given and immediately vomited and some of it regurgitating through the nose and mouth with associated cyanosis and dyspnea. A catheter was inserted through the nose into the esophagus under diagnosis of the esophageal atresia.

  14. [Esophageal diseases: GERD, Barrett, achalasia and eosinophilic esophagitis].

    Calvet, Xavier; Villoria, Albert


    At Digestive Disease Week (DDW) 2014, developments in esophageal disease were presented. Highlights include: the usefulness of impedancemetry to diagnose reflux disease, or the effectiveness of PPIs for treating non-cardiac chest pain. Concerning Barrett's esophagus, its prevalence is identical in patients with and without reflux symptoms, Barrett segments less than 1cm probably do not require follow-up, and in older patients with long-segment Barrett, initial endoscopies overlooked up to 2% of significant lesions. Regarding achalasia, surgical myotomy is no more effective than endoscopic dilation and may even be less effective than peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM). In terms of eosinophilic esophagitis, it is important to systematically take biopsies in patients with dysphagia so that cases of eosinophilic esophagitis are not overlooked. In addition, for this condition, routine endoscopic dilations not only do not seem useful in improving the course of the disease, but could also worsen the response to medical treatment.

  15. Usefulness of angiographic embolization endoscopic metallic clip placement in patient with non-variceal upper gastrointestinal bleeding

    Yoon, Min Jae; Hwang, Cheol Mog; Kim, Ho Jun; Cho, Young Jun; Bae, Seok Hwan [Dept. of Radiology, Konyang University Hospital, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Shin, Byung Seok; Ohm, Joon Young [Dept. of Radiology, Chungnam National University College of Medicine, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Kang, Chae Hoon [Dept. of Radiology, Inje University College of Medicine, Pusan Paik Hospital, Busan (Korea, Republic of)


    The aim of this study is to assess the usefulness of angiographic embolization after endoscopic metallic clip placement around the edge of non-variceal upper gastrointestinal bleeding ulcers. We have chosen 41 patients (mean age, 65.2 years) with acute bleeding ulcers (22 gastric ulcers, 16 duodenal ulcers, 3 malignant ulcers) between January 2010 and December 2012. We inserted metallic clips during the routine endoscopic treatments of the bleeding ulcers. Subsequent transcatheter arterial embolization was performed within 2 hours. We analyzed the angiographic positive rates, angiographic success rates and clinical success rates. Among the 41 patients during the angiography, 19 patients (46%) demonstrated active bleeding points. Both groups underwent embolization using microcoils, N-butyl-cyano-acrylate (NBCA), microcoils with NBCA or gelfoam particle. There are no statistically significant differences between these two groups according to which embolic materials are being used. The bleeding was initially stopped in all patients, except the two who experienced technical failures. Seven patients experienced repeated episodes of bleeding within two weeks. Among them, 4 patients were successful re-embolized. Another 3 patients underwent gastrectomy. Overall, clinical success was achieved in 36 of 41 (87.8%) patients. The endoscopic metallic clip placement was helpful to locate the correct target vessels for the angiographic embolization. In conclusion, this technique reduced re-bleeding rates, especially in patients who do not show active bleeding points.

  16. Balloon-occluded retrograde transvenous obliteration for gastric variceal bleeding patient

    Kim, Young Hwan; Seong, Chang Kyu; Kim, Yong Joo; Park, Noh Hyuk [Kyungpook National University School of Medicine, Daegu (Korea, Republic of); Shin, Tae Beom [Dong-A University Medical Center, Pusan (Korea, Republic of); Choi, Jin Soo [Soonchunhyang University College of Medicine, Asan (Korea, Republic of)


    To evaluate the technical feasibility and clinical efficacy of balloon-occluded retrograde transvenous obliteration (BRTO) in the treatment of gastric variceal bleeding. Between September 2001 and March 2002, ten patients with gastric variceal bleeding and gastrorenal shunt, underwent BRTO. Three of the ten also had hepatic encephalopathy. To evaluated the gastrorenal shunt and exclude portal vein thrombosis, all patients underwent pre-procedural CT scanning. An occlusion balloon catheter was inserted from the right internal jugular vein and on ballooning was wedged into the left adrenal vein. A sclerosing agent (5% ethanolamine oleate-lipiodol mixture) was injected until the varices were completely filled. In four patients, the collateral veins seen at balloon-occluded adrenal venography were embolized with coils prior to sclerotherapy. Post-procedural follow-up CT (n=3) or endoscopy (n=8) was performed 1-4 weeks later, and both before and after the procedure, hepatic function was also monitored. Treatment was successful in nine cases: the failure involed rupture of the occlusion balloon during inflation, and a transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt was performed. The cessation of bleeding was confirmed endoscopically or clinically; in three patients, follow-up CT showed complete obliteration of the varices. Hepatic function improved in eight patients, but three weeks after the procedure, one expired due to progressive infiltrative hepatoma. The clinical symptoms of the three patients with hepatic encephalopathy showed remarkable improvement. Although more extensive studies and long-term follow up are needed to overcome the limitations of our study, we believe that BRTO is a technically feasible and clinically effective treatment for gastric varices and hepatic encephalopathy.

  17. Esophageal tissue engineering: A new approach for esophageal replacement

    Giorgia Totonelli; Panagiotis Maghsoudlou; Jonathan M Fishman; Giuseppe Orlando; Tahera Ansari; Paul Sibbons; Martin A Birchall


    A number of congenital and acquired disorders require esophageal tissue replacement.Various surgical techniques,such as gastric and colonic interposition,are standards of treatment,but frequently complicated by stenosis and other problems.Regenerative medicine approaches facilitate the use of biological constructs to replace or regenerate normal tissue function.We review the literature of esophageal tissue engineering,discuss its implications,compare the methodologies that have been employed and suggest possible directions for the future.Medline,Embase,the Cochrane Library,National Research Register and databases were searched with the following search terms:stem cell and esophagus,esophageal replacement,esophageal tissue engineering,esophageal substitution.Reference lists of papers identified were also examined and experts in this field contacted for further information.All full-text articles in English of all potentially relevant abstracts were reviewed.Tissue engineering has involved acellular scaffolds that were either transplanted with the aim of being repopulated by host cells or seeded prior to transplantation.When acellular scaffolds were used to replace patch and short tubular defects they allowed epithelial and partial muscular migration whereas when employed for long tubular defects the results were poor leading to an increased rate of stenosis and mortality.Stenting has been shown as an effective means to reduce stenotic changes and promote cell migration,whilst omental wrapping to induce vascularization of the construct has an uncertain benefit.Decellularized matrices have been recently suggested as the optimal choice for scaffolds,but smart polymers that will incorporate signalling to promote cell-scaffold interaction may provide a more reproducible and available solution.Results in animal models that have used seeded scaffolds strongly suggest that seeding of both muscle and epithelial cells on scaffolds prior to implantation is a

  18. Interventional Endoscopy Database for Pancreatico-biliary, Gastrointestinal and Esophageal Disorders


    Ampullary Cancer; Duodenal Cancer; Bile Duct Cancer; Bile Duct Disorders; Gallstones; Obstructive Jaundice; Pancreatic Disorders (Noncancerous); Colorectal Cancer; Esophageal Cancer; Barrett's Esophagus; Gastric Malignancies; Pancreatic Cancer; Pediatric Gastroenterology; Cholangiocarcinoma; Pancreatic Pseudocysts; Acute and Chronic Pancreatitis; Recurrent Pancreatitis; Cholangitis; Bile Leak; Biliary Strictures; Pancreatic Divisum; Biliary and Pancreatic Stones; Choledocholithiasis

  19. Reflux esophagitis revisited: Prospective analysis of radiologic accuracy

    Ott, D.J.; Gelfand, D.W.; Wu, W.C.


    A prospective radiologic-endoscopic study of the esophagogastric region in 266 patients, including 206 normals and 60 with esophagitis, is reported. The endoscopic classification grading severity of esophagitis was grade 1-normal; grades 2. 3. and 4-mild, moderate, and severe esophagitis, respectively. Radiology detected 22% of patient with mild esophagitis, 83% with moderate esophagitis, and 95% with severe esophagitis. Although hiatal hernia was present in 40% of normals and 89% with esophagitis, absence of radiographic hiatal hernia excluded esophagitis with 95% accuracy. The implications of this study regarding the role of radiology in evaluating patient with suspected reflux esophagitis are discussed.

  20. Radionuclide Esophageal Transit Scintigraphy in Primary Hypothyroidism

    Khan, Shoukat H; Madhu, Vijay P; Rather, Tanveer A; Laway, Bashir A


    Background/Aims Esophageal dysmotility is associated with gastrointestinal dysmotility in various systemic and neuroregulatory disorders. Hypothyroidism has been reported to be associated with impaired motor function in esophagus due to accumulation of glycosaminoglycan hyaluronic acid in its soft tissues, leading to changes in various contraction and relaxation parameters of esophagus, particularly in the lower esophageal sphincter. In this study we evaluated esophageal transit times in patients of primary hypothyroidism using the technique of radionuclide esophageal transit scintigraphy. Methods Thirty-one patients of primary hypothyroidism and 15 euthyroid healthy controls were evaluated for esophageal transit time using 15–20 MBq of Technetium-99m sulfur colloid diluted in 10–15 mL of drinking water. Time activity curve was generated for each study and esophageal transit time was calculated as time taken for clearance of 90% radioactive bolus from the region of interest encompassing the esophagus. Esophageal transit time of more than 10 seconds was considered as prolonged. Results Patients of primary hypothyroidism had a significantly increased mean esophageal transit time of 19.35 ± 20.02 seconds in comparison to the mean time of 8.25 ± 1.71 seconds in healthy controls (P hypothyroidism may have subclinical esophageal dysmotility with prolonged esophageal transit time which can be reversible by thyroxine treatment. Prolonged esophageal transit time in primary hypothyroidism may correlate with serum thyroid stimulating hormone levels. PMID:27444283

  1. Evaluation of some pulmonary functions and pleuropulmonary complications after endoscopic sclerotherapy of gastric fundal varices at Zagazig university hospitals

    Jihan A. Shawky


    Conclusions: NBCA injection of gastric fundal varices was associated with significant, reversible deterioration in some pulmonary functions, atelectasis and minimal pleural effusion with significant rapid improvement if incentive spirometry is used.

  2. Duplex sonography study in schistosomiasis portal hypertension: characterization of patients with and without a history of variceal bleeding

    Arruda,Severino Marcos Borba de; Barreto,Victorino Spinelli Toscano; Amaral,Fernando José do


    BACKGROUND: Presinusoidal portal hypertension with frequent episodes of upper gastrointestinal variceal bleeding are hallmarks of hepatosplenic Manson’s schistosomiasis; a clinical form that affects about 5% of Brazilians who are infected by Schistosoma mansoni. AIMS: To evaluate duplex sonography findings in patients with hepatosplenic Manson’s schistosomiasis with and without upper gastrointestinal variceal hemorrhage. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was performed whereby 27 consecutive pa...

  3. Adherence to guidelines in bleeding oesophageal varices and effects on outcome: comparison between a specialized unit and a community hospital

    Hobolth, Lise; Krag, Aleksander; Malchow-Møller, Axel;


    OBJECTIVES: Randomized controlled trials have shown beneficial effects of vasoactive drugs, endoscopic treatment and prophylactic antibiotics on the outcome of bleeding oesophageal varices (BOV). However, translating guidelines based on randomized controlled trials into clinical practice is diffi......OBJECTIVES: Randomized controlled trials have shown beneficial effects of vasoactive drugs, endoscopic treatment and prophylactic antibiotics on the outcome of bleeding oesophageal varices (BOV). However, translating guidelines based on randomized controlled trials into clinical practice...

  4. Efficacy of Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy After Surgery in Early Stage of Esophageal Carcinoma;


    Esophageal Neoplasm; Esophageal Cancer TNM Staging Primary Tumor (T) T2; Esophageal Cancer TNM Staging Primary Tumor (T) T3; Esophageal Cancer TNM Staging Regional Lymph Nodes (N) N0; Esophageal Cancer TNM Staging Distal Metastasis (M) M0

  5. Ruptured high flow gastric varices with an intratumoral arterioportal shunt treated with balloon-occluded retrograde transvenous obliteration during temporary balloon occlusion of a hepatic artery

    Motoki Nakai; Morio Sato; Hirohiko Tanihata; Tetsuo Sonomura; Shinya Sahara; Nobuyuki Kawai; Masashi Kimura; Masaki Terada


    A patient presented with hematemesis due to gastric variceal bleeding with an intratumoral arterioportal shunt. Contrast-enhanced CT revealed gastric varices and hepatocellular carcinoma with tumor thrombi in the right portal vein. Angiography and angio-CT revealed a marked intratumoral arterioportal shunt accompanied with reflux into the main portal vein and gastric varices. Balloon-occluded retrograde venography from the gastro-renal shunt showed no visualization of gastric varices due to rapid blood flow through the intratumoral arterioportal shunt. The hepatic artery was temporarily occluded with a balloon catheter to reduce the blood flow through the arterioportal shunt, and then concurrent balloon-occluded retrograde transvenous obliteration (BRTO) was achieved. Vital signs stabilized immediately thereafter, and contrast-enhanced CT revealed thrombosed gastric varices. Worsening of hepatic function was not recognized. BRTO combined with temporary occlusion of the hepatic artery is a feasible interventional procedure for ruptured high flow gastric varices with an intratumoral arterioportal shunt.

  6. Clinical Study of Time Optimizing of Endoscopic Photodynamic Therapy on Esophageal and/or Gastric Cardiac Cancer


    Stage I Esophageal Adenocarcinoma; Stage II Esophageal Adenocarcinoma; Stage III Esophageal Adenocarcinoma; Stage I Esophageal Squamous Cell Carcinoma; Stage II Esophageal Squamous Cell Carcinoma; Stage III Esophageal Squamous Cell Carcinoma

  7. Brain Abscess after Esophageal Dilatation

    Gaïni, S; Grand, M; Michelsen, J


    with malaise, progressive lethargy, fever, aphasia and hemiparesis. Six days before she had been treated with esophageal dilatation for a stricture caused by accidental ingestion of caustic soda. The brain abscess was treated with surgery and antibiotics. She recovered completely. This clinical case...

  8. Esophageal Cancer Risk Prediction Models

    Developing statistical models that estimate the probability of developing esophageal cancer over a defined period of time will help clinicians identify individuals at higher risk of specific cancers, allowing for earlier or more frequent screening and counseling of behavioral changes to decrease risk.

  9. Distal esophageal spasm: an update.

    Achem, Sami R; Gerson, Lauren B


    Distal esophageal spasm (DES) is an esophageal motility disorder that presents clinically with chest pain and/or dysphagia and is defined manometrically as simultaneous contractions in the distal (smooth muscle) esophagus in ≥20% of wet swallows (and amplitude contraction of ≥30 mmHg) alternating with normal peristalsis. With the introduction of high resolution esophageal pressure topography (EPT) in 2000, the definition of DES was modified. The Chicago classification proposed that the defining criteria for DES using EPT should be the presence of at least two premature contractions (distal latencylong acting), calcium-channel blockers, anticholinergic agents, 5-phosphodiesterase inhibitors, visceral analgesics (tricyclic agents or SSRI), and esophageal dilation. Acid suppression therapy is frequently used, but clinical outcome trials to support this approach are not available. Injection of botulinum toxin in the distal esophagus may be effective, but further data regarding the development of post-injection gastroesophageal reflux need to be assessed. Heller myotomy combined with fundoplication remains an alternative for the rare refractory patient. Preliminary studies suggest that the newly developed endoscopic technique of per oral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) may also be an alternative treatment modality.

  10. Molecular Biology of Esophageal Cancer

    HuanXi; JanBrabender; RalfMetzger; PaulM.Schneider


    There have been many new developments in our understanding of esophageal carcinoma biology over the past several years. Information regarding both of the major forms of this disease, adenocarcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, has accumulated in conjunction with data on precursor conditions such as Barrett's esophagus. Interesting and promising findings have included overexpression of proto-oncogenes,loss of heterozygosity at multiple chromosomal loci, tumor suppressor gene inactivation, epigenetic silencing by DNA methylation, and mutations and deletions involving the tumor suppressor gene p53. Important cancer pathways, the cyclin kinase inhibitor cascade and the DNA mismatch repair process, implicated in the genesis of multiple tumor types have also been inculpated in esophageal carcinogenesis. Alterations in the p16 and p15 cyclin kinase inhibitors including point mutations and homozygous deletions have been reported in primary esophageal tumors. Further developments in the field of molecular carcinogenesis of esophageal malignancies promise to yield improvements in prevention, early detection, prognostic categorization, and perhaps gene-based therapy of this deadly disease.

  11. SU-E-P-18: Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy for Cervical Esophageal Squamous Cell Carcinoma

    Bai, W; Qiao, X; Zhou, Z; Song, Y; Zhang, R; Zhen, C [The Fourth Hospital of Hebei Medical University, Shijiazhuang, Hebei (China)


    Purpose: To retrospectively analyze the outcomes and prognostic factors of cervical esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) treated with intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). Methods: Thirty-seven patients with cervical esophageal SCC treated with IMRT were analyzed retrospectively. They received 54–66 Gy in 27–32 fractions. Nineteen patients received concurrent (n=12) or sequential (n=7) platinum-based two drugs chemoradiotherapy. Overall survival (OS), local control rates (LCR) and prognostic factors were evaluated. Acute toxicities and patterns of first failures were observed. Results: The median follow-up was 46 months for alive patients. The l-, 3-, 4- and 5-year OS of the all patients were 83.8%, 59.1%, 47.5% and 32.6% respectively. The median survival time was 46 months. The l-, 3-,4- and 5-year LCR were 82.9%, 63.0%, 54.5% and 54.5%, respectively. Univariate and Multivariate analysis all showed that size of GTV was an independent prognostic factor (p=0.033, p=0.039). There were no patients with Grade 3 acute radiation esophagitis and Grade 2–4 acute pneumonitis. The local failure accounted for 70.0% of all treatment-related failures. Conclusion: IMRT is safe and effective in the treatment of cervical esophageal squamous cell carcinoma. Size of GTV is an independent prognostic factor. Local failure still remains the main reason of treatment failures. The authors declare no conflicts of interest in preparing this article.

  12. Upper non-variceal gastrointestinal bleeding-review the effectiveness of endoscopic hemostasis methods

    Miros?aw; Szura; Artur; Pasternak


    Upper non-variceal gastrointestinal bleeding is a conditionthat requires immediate medical intervention and has a high associated mortality rate(exceeding 10%). The vast majority of upper gastrointestinal bleeding cases are due to peptic ulcers. Helicobacter pylori infection, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and aspirin are the main risk factors for peptic ulcer disease. Endoscopic therapy has generally been recommended as the firstline treatment for upper gastrointestinal bleeding as it has been shown to reduce recurrent bleeding, the need for surgery and mortality. Early endoscopy(within 24 h of hospital admission) has a greater impact than delayed endoscopy on the length of hospital stay and requirement for blood transfusion. This paper aims to review and compare the efficacy of the types of endoscopic hemostasis most commonly used to control non-variceal gastrointestinal bleeding by pooling data from the literature.

  13. Gastric variceal bleeding due to pancreatitis-induced splenic vein thrombosis.

    Gotto, Antonio; Lieberman, Michael; Pochapin, Mark


    Obscure gastrointestinal bleeding is a common clinical scenario. In the upper gastrointestinal tract, gastric varices can be frequently overlooked on endoscopy, particularly if not suspected or volume depleted. We report a case of suspected gastrointestinal bleeding in a patient with a childhood history of pancreatitis, who also experienced severe epigastric pain while in hospital. After transfer to an academic medical centre, the presence of gastric varices was identified and presumed to be due to splenic vein thrombosis. Pancreatitis is the most common cause of splenic vein thrombosis and accords with the patient's history, even though it occurred many years previously. This case highlights the importance of recognising pancreatitis-induced splenic vein thrombosis as a possible aetiology for upper gastrointestinal bleeding.

  14. TIPSS for variceal hemorrhage after living related liver transplantation: A dangerous indication

    Peter Schemmer; Boris Radeleff; Christa Flechtenmacher; Arianeb Mehrabi; G(o)tz M Richter; Markus W Büchler; Jan Schmidt


    The introduction of transjugular intrahepatic portalsystemic stent-shunt (TIPSS) has been a major breakthrough in the treatment of portal hypertension,which has evolved to a large extent, into a routine procedure. A 21-year-old male patient with progressive graft fibrosis/cirrhosis requiring TIPSS for variceal hemorrhage in the esophagus due to portal hypertension was unresponsive to conventional measures two years after living related liver transplantation (LDLT).Subsequently, variceal hemorrhage was controlled,however, liver function decreased dramatically with consecutive multi organ failure. CT scan revealed substantial necrosis in the liver. The patient underwent successful "high urgent" cadaveric liver transplantation and was discharged on postoperative d 20 in a stable condition.

  15. The Changing Face of Esophageal Cancer

    Melhado, Rachel E., E-mail:; Alderson, Derek; Tucker, Olga [Academic Department of Surgery, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, University Hospitals Birmingham, Birmingham (United Kingdom)


    The two main histological esophageal cancer types, adenocarcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, differ in incidence, geographic distribution, ethnic pattern and etiology. This article focuses on epidemiology with particular reference to geographic and temporal variations in incidence, along with a review of the evidence supporting environmental and genetic factors involved in esophageal carcinogenesis. Squamous cell carcinoma of the esophagus remains predominantly a disease of the developing world. In contrast, esophageal adenocarcinoma is mainly a disease of western developed societies, associated with obesity and gastro-esophageal reflux disease. There has been a dramatic increase in the incidence of adenocarcinoma in developed countries in parallel with migration of both esophageal and gastric adenocarcinomas towards the gastro-esophageal junction.

  16. Duodenal variceal bleeding after balloon-occluded retrograde transverse obliteration: Treatment with transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt

    Min Joung Kim; Byoung Kuk Jang; Woo Jin Chung; Jae Seok Hwang; Young Hwan Kim


    We report a case of duodenal varix bleeding as a long term complication of balloon occluded retrograde transvenous obliteration (BRTO),which was successfully treated with a transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS).A 57-year-old man was admitted to the emergency room suffering from melena.He had undergone BRTO to treat gastric varix bleeding 5 mo before admission.Endoscopy and a computed tomography (cr) scan showed complete obliteration of the gastric varix,but the nodular varices in the second portion of the duodenum expanded after BRTO,and spurting blood was seen.TIPS was performed for treatment of duodenal variceal bleeding,because attempts at endoscopic varix ligation were unsuccessful.The postoperative course was uneventful and the patient was discharged without complications.A follow up CT scan obtained 21 mo after TIPS revealed a patent TIPS tract and complete obliteration of duodenal varices,but multinodular hepatocellular carcinoma had developed.He died of hepatic failure 28 mo after TIPS.

  17. Unexpected esophageal diseases appeared in thyroid resections

    Ye-huan, Liu; Shi-xu, Lyu; Yi-li, Zhou; Ou-chen, Wang; Xiao-hua, Zhang


    Objective In order to avoid the misdiagnosis of thyroid diseases, we need to discuss the clinical features and diagnostic methods of cervical esophageal cancer and Zenker’s diverticulum. Methods The clinical and laboratory data of seven cases were reviewed retrospectively, and in all cases, esophageal-related diseases were misdiagnosed as thyroid diseases preoperatively. Among them, two cases were cervical esophageal cancer metastasized to thyroids but initially, they were misdiagnosed as thy...

  18. Oral blastomycosis, laryngeal papillomatosis and esophageal tuberculosis

    Montoya, Manuel; Hospital Regional del Cusco. Cusco, Perú. Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad del Cusco. Cusco, Perú. Médico infectólogo.; Chumbiraico, Robert; Hospital Regional del Cusco. Cusco, Perú. Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad del Cusco. Cusco, Perú. médico internista.; Ricalde, Melvin; Hospital Regional del Cusco. Cusco, Perú. Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad del Cusco. Cusco, Perú. médico neumólogo.; Cazorla, Ernesto; Hospital Regional del Cusco. Cusco, Perú. Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad del Cusco. Cusco, Perú. médico gastroenterólogo.; Hernández-Córdova, Gustavo; Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad del Cusco. Cusco, Perú. Estudiante de medicina.


    Esophageal involvement is an extremely rare complication of tuberculosis even in countries with high prevalence of infection. We report the case of a 57 year-old hiv-seronegative patient with simultaneous diagnoses of oral blastomycosis and laryngeal papillomatosis. Both were confirmed by anatomopathological analysis. The esophageal biopsy revealed granulomatous esophagitis with necrosis and ziehl–neelsen stain showed acid-fast alcohol resistant bacilli suggestive of tuberculosis. The pat...

  19. Minimally invasive surgery for esophageal achalasia

    Luigi Bonavina


    Esophageal achalasia is the most commonly diagnosed primary esophageal motor disorder and the second most common functional esophageal disorder. Current therapy of achalasia is directed toward elimination of the outflow resistance caused by failure of the lower esophageal sphincter to relax completely upon swallowing. The advent of minimally invasive surgery has nearly replaced endoscopic pneumatic dilation as the first-line therapeutic approach. In this editorial, the rationale and the evidence supporting the use of laparoscopic Heller myotomy combined with fundoplication as a primary treatment of achalasia are reviewed.

  20. Laboratory animal models for esophageal cancer

    Dhanya Venugopalan Nair


    Full Text Available The incidence of esophageal cancer is rapidly increasing especially in developing countries. The major risk factors include unhealthy lifestyle practices such as alcohol consumption, smoking, and chewing tobacco to name a few. Diagnosis at an advanced stage and poor prognosis make esophageal cancer one of the most lethal diseases. These factors have urged further research in understanding the pathophysiology of the disease. Animal models not only aid in understanding the molecular pathogenesis of esophageal cancer but also help in developing therapeutic interventions for the disease. This review throws light on the various recent laboratory animal models for esophageal cancer.

  1. Esophageal motility abnormalities in gastroesophageal reflux disease.

    Martinucci, Irene; de Bortoli, Nicola; Giacchino, Maria; Bodini, Giorgia; Marabotto, Elisa; Marchi, Santino; Savarino, Vincenzo; Savarino, Edoardo


    Esophageal motility abnormalities are among the main factors implicated in the pathogenesis of gastroesophageal reflux disease. The recent introduction in clinical and research practice of novel esophageal testing has markedly improved our understanding of the mechanisms contributing to the development of gastroesophageal reflux disease, allowing a better management of patients with this disorder. In this context, the present article intends to provide an overview of the current literature about esophageal motility dysfunctions in patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease. Esophageal manometry, by recording intraluminal pressure, represents the gold standard to diagnose esophageal motility abnormalities. In particular, using novel techniques, such as high resolution manometry with or without concurrent intraluminal impedance monitoring, transient lower esophageal sphincter (LES) relaxations, hypotensive LES, ineffective esophageal peristalsis and bolus transit abnormalities have been better defined and strongly implicated in gastroesophageal reflux disease development. Overall, recent findings suggest that esophageal motility abnormalities are increasingly prevalent with increasing severity of reflux disease, from non-erosive reflux disease to erosive reflux disease and Barrett's esophagus. Characterizing esophageal dysmotility among different subgroups of patients with reflux disease may represent a fundamental approach to properly diagnose these patients and, thus, to set up the best therapeutic management. Currently, surgery represents the only reliable way to restore the esophagogastric junction integrity and to reduce transient LES relaxations that are considered to be the predominant mechanism by which gastric contents can enter the esophagus. On that ground, more in depth future studies assessing the pathogenetic role of dysmotility in patients with reflux disease are warranted.

  2. Study of glue extrusion after endoscopic N-butyl-2-cyanoacrylate injection on gastric variceal bleeding

    Yan-Mei Wang; Liu-Fang Cheng; Nan Li; Kai Wu; Jun-Shan Zhai; Ya-Wen Wang


    AIM: To investigate glue extrusion after endoscopic N-butyl-2-cyanoacrylate injection on gastric variceal bleeding and to evaluate the long-term efficacy and safety of this therapy.METHODS: A total of 148 cirrhotic patients in our hospital with esophagogastric variceal bleeding (EGVB) were included in this study. N-butyl-2-cyanoacrylate was mixed with lipiodol in a 1:1 ratio and injected as a bolus of 1-3 mL according to variceal size. Patients underwent endoscopic follow-up the next week, fourth week, second month, fourth month, and seventh month after injection and then every 6 mo to determine the cast shape. An abdominal X-ray film and ultrasound or computed tomographic scan were also carried out in order to evaluate the time of variceal disappearance and complete extrusion of the cast. The average follow-up time was 13.1 mo.RESULTS: The instantaneous hemostatic rate was 96.2%. Early re-bleeding after injection in 9 cases (6.2%) was estimated from rejection of adhesive. Late re-bleeding occurred in 12 patients (8.1%) at 2-18 mo. The glue cast was extruded into the lumen within one month in 86.1% of patients and eliminated within one year. Light erosion was seen at the injection position and mucosa edema in the second week. The glue casts were extruded in 18 patients (12.1%) after one week and in 64 patients (42.8%) after two weeks. All kinds of glue clumping shapes and colors on endoscopic examination were observed in 127 patients (86.1%) within one month, including punctiform, globular, pillar and variform. Forty one patients (27.9%) had glue extrusion after 3 mo and 28 patients (28.9%) after six months. The extrusion time was not related to the injection volume of histoacryl. Obliteration was seen in 70.2% (104 cases) endoscopically. The main complication was re-bleeding resulting from extrusion. The prognosis of the patients depended on the severity of the underlying liver disease.CONCLUSION: Endoscopic injection of cyanoacrylate is highly effective for

  3. Pradaxa-induced esophageal ulcer.

    Wood, Michele; Shaw, Paul


    Pradaxa (dabigatran) is a direct thrombin inhibitor approved for prevention of stroke and systemic embolism in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation. We describe a case of esophageal ulceration associated with Pradaxa administration in a 75-year-old man. The patient reported difficulty swallowing and a burning sensation after taking his first dose of Pradaxa. An esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) revealed linear ulcerations in the mid-esophagus. Pradaxa was held beginning the day before the EGD. The patient reported that his pain and difficulty swallowing resolved on stopping Pradaxa. Pradaxa is formulated with a tartaric acid excipient to reduce variability in absorption. We hypothesise that the capsule lodged in the patient's esophagus and the tartaric acid may have caused local damage resulting in an esophageal ulcer. It is important to educate patients on proper administration of Pradaxa, to decrease the risk of this rare, but potentially serious adverse event.

  4. Acute upper gastrointestinal bleeding.

    Kurien, Matthew; Lobo, Alan J


    Acute upper gastrointestinal bleeding (AUGIB) is a frequently encountered medical emergency with an incidence of 84-160/100000 and associated with mortality of approximately 10%. Guidelines from the National Institute for Care and Care Excellence outline key features in the management of AUGIB. Patients require prompt resuscitation and risk assessment using validated tools. Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy provides accurate diagnosis, aids in estimating prognosis and allows therapeutic intervention. Endoscopy should be undertaken immediately after resuscitation in unstable patients and within 24 hours in all other patients. Interventional radiology may be required for bleeding unresponsive to endoscopic intervention. Drug therapy depends on the cause of bleeding. Intravenous proton pump inhibitors should be used in patients with high-risk ulcers. Terlipressin and broad-spectrum antibiotics should be used following variceal haemorrhage. Hospitals admitting patients with AUGIB need to provide well organised services and ensure access to relevant services for all patients, and particularly to out of hours endoscopy.

  5. Proteomic profiling of fetal esophageal epithelium, esophageal cancer, and tumor-adjacent esophageal epithelium and immunohistochemical characterization of a representative differential protein, PRX6

    Guo, Jun-Hui; Xing, Guo-Lan; Fang, Xin-Hui; Wu, Hui-Fang; Zhang, Bo; Yu, Jin-Zhong; Fan, Zong-Min; Wang, Li-Dong


    AIM To understand the molecular mechanism of esophageal cancer development and provide molecular markers for screening high-risk populations and early diagnosis. METHODS Two-dimensional electrophoresis combined with mass spectrometry were adopted to screen differentially expressed proteins in nine cases of fetal esophageal epithelium, eight cases of esophageal cancer, and eight cases of tumor-adjacent normal esophageal epithelium collected from fetuses of different gestational age, or esophageal cancer patients from a high-risk area of esophageal cancer in China. Immunohistochemistry (avidin-biotin-horseradish peroxidase complex method) was used to detect the expression of peroxiredoxin (PRX)6 in 91 cases of esophageal cancer, tumor-adjacent normal esophageal tissue, basal cell hyperplasia, dysplasia, and carcinoma in situ, as well as 65 cases of esophageal epithelium from fetuses at a gestational age of 3-9 mo. RESULTS After peptide mass fingerprint analysis and search of protein databases, 21 differential proteins were identified; some of which represent a protein isoform. Varying degrees of expression of PRX6 protein, which was localized mainly in the cytoplasm, were detected in adult and fetal normal esophageal tissues, precancerous lesions, and esophageal cancer. With the progression of esophageal lesions, PRX6 protein expression showed a declining trend (P PRX6 protein expression showed a declining trend with age (P PRX6 protein expression was significantly higher in well-differentiated esophageal cancer tissues than in poorly differentiated esophageal cancer tissues (P PRX6 protein is associated with fetal esophageal development and cancer differentiation. PMID:28293090

  6. Vitiligo associated with esophageal adenocarcinoma

    Ali Asilian


    Full Text Available Vitiligo is a disease that results in depigmented areas in the skin. It may develop at any age but the average age at onset is 20 years. Association of vitiligo and melanoma has been commonly reported, but malignancies other than melanoma have been rarely associated with vitiligo. We report a 73-year-old patient with new onset vitiligo who developed esophageal adenocarcinoma in the following years.

  7. Optimal lymphadenectomy for esophageal adenocarcinoma.

    Oezcelik, A


    Recently published data have shown that an extended lymphadenectomy during the en bloc esophagectomy leads to a significant increased long-term survival for esophageal adenocarcinoma. On the other hand some studies indicate that the increased survival is based on stage migration and that the surgical complication rate is increased after extended lymphadenectomy. The aim of this review was to give an overview about all aspects of an extended lymphadenectomy in patients with esophageal adenocarcinoma. The review of the literature shows clearly that the number of involved lymph nodes is an independent prognostic factor in patients with esophageal adenocarcinoma. Furthermore, an extended lymphadenectomy leads to an increased long-term survival. Some studies describe that 23 lymph nodes should be removed to predict survival; other studies 18 lymph nodes or 15 lymph nodes. Opponents indicate that the survival benefit is based on stage migration. The studies with a large study population have performed a Cox regression analyzes and identified the number of lymph nodes removed as an independent factor for improved survival, which means it is significant independently from other parameters. Under these circumstances is stage migration not an option to explain the survival benefit. An important difficulty is, that there is no standardized definition of an extended lymphadenectomy, which means the localization and number of removed lymph nodes differ depending from the performing centre. The controversies regarding the survival benefit of the lymphadenectomy is based on the lack of standardisation of the lymphadenectomy. The main goal of further studies should be to generate a clear definition of an extended lymphadenectomy in patients with esophageal adenocarcinoma.

  8. Novel device to sample the esophageal microbiome--the esophageal string test.

    Sophie A Fillon

    Full Text Available A growing number of studies implicate the microbiome in the pathogenesis of intestinal inflammation. Previous work has shown that adults with esophagitis related to gastroesophageal reflux disease have altered esophageal microbiota compared to those who do not have esophagitis. In these studies, sampling of the esophageal microbiome was accomplished by isolating DNA from esophageal biopsies obtained at the time of upper endoscopy. The aim of the current study was to identify the esophageal microbiome in pediatric individuals with normal esophageal mucosa using a minimally invasive, capsule-based string technology, the Enterotest™. We used the proximal segment of the Enterotest string to sample the esophagus, and term this the "Esophageal String Test" (EST. We hypothesized that the less invasive EST would capture mucosal adherent bacteria present in the esophagus in a similar fashion as mucosal biopsy. EST samples and mucosal biopsies were collected from children with no esophageal inflammation (n = 15 and their microbiome composition determined by 16S rRNA gene sequencing. Microbiota from esophageal biopsies and ESTs produced nearly identical profiles of bacterial genera and were different from the bacterial contents of samples collected from the nasal and oral cavity. We conclude that the minimally invasive EST can serve as a useful device for study of the esophageal microbiome.

  9. Current knowledge on esophageal atresia

    Paulo Fernando Martins Pinheiro; Ana Cristina Sim(o)es e Silva; Regina Maria Pereira


    Esophageal atresia (EA) with or without tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF) is the most common congenital anomaly of the esophagus.The improvement of survival observed over the previous two decades is multifactorial and largely attributable to advances in neonatal intensive care,neonatal anesthesia,ventilatory and nutritional support,antibiotics,early surgical intervention,surgical materials and techniques.Indeed,mortality is currently limited to those cases with coexisting severe life-threatening anomalies.The diagnosis of EA is most commonly made during the first 24 h of life but may occur either antenatally or may be delayed.The primary surgical correction for EA and TEF is the best option in the absence of severe malformations.There is no ideal replacement for the esophagus and the optimal surgical treatment for patients with long-gap EA is still controversial.The primary complications during the postoperative period are leak and stenosis of the anastomosis,gastro-esophageal reflux,esophageal dysmotility,fistula recurrence,respiratory disorders and deformities of the thoracic wall.Data regarding long-term outcomes and follow-ups are limited for patients following EA/TEF repair.The determination of the risk factors for the complicated evolution following EA/TEF repair may positively impact long-term prognoses.Much remains to be studied regarding this condition.This manuscript provides a literature review of the current knowledge regarding EA.

  10. Management of Gastric Varices Unsuccessfully Treated by Balloon-Occluded Retrograde Transvenous Obliteration: Long-Term Follow-Up and Outcomes

    Fumio Uchiyama


    Full Text Available Our aim was to evaluate the long-term efficacy and safety of percutaneous transhepatic obliteration (PTO alone and combined with balloon-occluded retrograde transvenous obliteration (BRTO for gastroesophageal varices refractory to BRTO alone. Between July 1999 and December 2010, 13 patients with gastroesophageal varices refractory to BRTO were treated with PTO (n = 6 or a combination of PTO and BRTO (n = 7. We retrospectively investigated the rates of survival, recurrence, or worsening of the varices; hepatic function before and after the procedure; and complications. The procedure achieved complete obliteration or significant reduction of the varices in all 13 patients without major complications. During follow-up, the varices had recurred in 2 patients, of which one had hepatocellular carcinoma, and the other died suddenly from variceal rebleeding 7 years after PTO. The remaining 11 patients did not experience worsening of the varices and showed significant improvements in the serum ammonia levels and prothrombin time. The mean follow-up period was 90 months, and the cumulative survival rate at 1, 3, and 5 years was 92.9%, 85.7%, and 85.7%, respectively. Both PTO and combined PTO and BRTO seem as safe and effective procedures for the treatment of gastroesophageal varices refractory to BRTO alone.

  11. Palliative Endoscopic Therapy of Esophageal Cancer

    H.Schaefer; A.H.Hoelscher


    Patients with locally unresectable esophageal cancer or distant metastasis are usually treated with definite radiotherapy or radiochemotherapy. Dysphagia of these patients should further be treated by endoscopic therapy in order to maintain swallowing and oral food intake as long as possible. The same situation is present in patients with local recurrence of esophageal cancer after surgery or radiochemotherapy.

  12. PET-CT manifestation of Candida esophagitis

    Bahk, Yong Whee [Sung-Ae Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); O, Joo Hyun [Kangnam St. Mary' s Hospital, Catholic University Medical School, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    Candida esophagitis (moniliasis) is the most common infection of the gullet and has generally been attributed to as a complication of immune suppressed state. However, as the current case. Holt found the disease to occur in 3 of his 13 patients without predisposing condition. Predisposing factors other than immune deficient conditions include aplastic anemia, alcoholism and Parkinson's disease and age, diabetes mellitus, and disruption of mucosal integrity. Growing prevalence of Candida esophagitis in recent years is accounted for by an increase in the number of patients with organ transplantation, malignancy and AIDS as well as populrization of endoscopy. Microorganisms that reached the esophagus in oral secretions are rarely cultured from the esophageal surface. Of many species C. albicans is the most common offender although C. tropicalis has also been isolated with high prevalence, particularly in the patients with cancer and disseminated candidiasis. Clinically, the patients with Candida esophagitis seek medical care for esophageal or retrosternal pain, dysphagia or distress. Candida esophagitis may be the extension from oropharyngeal infection but in the majority the esophagus is the sole site of infection. The middle and lower thirds of the esophagus are more typically affected than the upper third. Diagnosis can be indicated by double contrast esophagography or endoscopy and confirmed by potassium hydroxide (KOH) stain or biopsy. It is to be noted that the more presence of Candida in smear or cultured specimen cannot indict Candida as definitive offender. Differential diagnosis includes herpes simplex infection, cytomegalovirus infection, reflux esophagitis or radiation esophagitis.

  13. Novel insights into esophageal diagnostic procedures

    Savarino, Edoardo; Ottonello, Andrea; Tolone, Salvatore;


    The 21st century offers new advances in diagnostic procedures and protocols in the management of esophageal diseases. This review highlights the most recent advances in esophageal diagnostic technologies, including clinical applications of novel endoscopic devices, such as ultrathin endoscopy and...

  14. Iatrogenic esophageal perforation in a newborn

    Park, Jeong Mi; Yeon, Kyung Mo; Park, Won Soon; Choi, Jung Hwan [College of Medicine, Seoul National Univ., Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    Esophagus and pharyngeal structures of newborn are very week and so vulnerable. When a parallel longitudinal tubular structure around (especially behind) the esophagus is seen, traumatic esophageal perforation must be differentiated. We report a case of esophageal perforation in a premature twin baby by nasogastric tube insertion.

  15. Esophageal diverticula in Parma wallabies (Macropus parma).

    Okeson, Danelle M; Esterline, Meredith L; Coke, Rob L


    Four adult, wild caught Parma wallabies (Macropus parma) presented with intermittent, postprandial, midcervical swellings. Esophageal diverticula were discovered in the four animals. One of two wallabies was managed successfully with surgery. A third animal died of other causes. The fourth animal died with possible complications from the diverticulum. This is the first published report of esophageal diverticula in macropods.

  16. Comparative genomic analysis of esophageal cancers.

    Caygill, Christine P J; Gatenby, Piers A C; Herceg, Zdenko; Lima, Sheila C S; Pinto, Luis F R; Watson, Anthony; Wu, Ming-Shiang


    The following, from the 12th OESO World Conference: Cancers of the Esophagus, includes commentaries on comparative genomic analysis of esophageal cancers: genomic polymorphisms, the genetic and epigenetic drivers in esophageal cancers, and the collection of data in the UK Barrett's Oesophagus Registry.

  17. Esophageal motility abnormalities in gastroesophageal reflux disease

    Irene; Martinucci; Nicola; de; Bortoli; Maria; Giacchino; Giorgia; Bodini; Elisa; Marabotto; Santino; Marchi; Vincenzo; Savarino; Edoardo; Savarino


    Esophageal motility abnormalities are among the main factors implicated in the pathogenesis of gastroesophageal reflux disease. The recent introduction in clinical and research practice of novel esophageal testing has markedly improved our understanding of the mechanisms contributing to the development of gastroesophageal reflux disease, allowing a better management of patients with this disorder. In this context, the present article intends to provide an overview of the current literature about esophageal motility dysfunctions in patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease. Esophageal manometry, by recording intraluminal pressure, represents the gold standard to diagnose esophagealmotility abnormalities. In particular, using novel techniques, such as high resolution manometry with or without concurrent intraluminal impedance monitoring, transient lower esophageal sphincter (LES) relaxations, hypotensive LES, ineffective esophageal peristalsis and bolus transit abnormalities have been better defined and strongly implicated in gastroesophageal reflux disease development. Overall, recent findings suggest that esophageal motility abnormalities are increasingly prevalent with increasing severity of reflux disease, from nonerosive reflux disease to erosive reflux disease and Barrett’s esophagus. Characterizing esophageal dysmotility among different subgroups of patients with reflux disease may represent a fundamental approach to properly diagnose these patients and, thus, to set up the best therapeutic management. Currently, surgery represents the only reliable way to restore the esophagogastric junction integrity and to reduce transient LES relaxations that are considered to be the predominant mechanism by which gastric contents can enter the esophagus. On that ground, more in depth future studies assessing the pathogenetic role of dysmotility in patients with reflux disease are warranted.

  18. Balloon-Occluded Antegrade Transvenous Sclerotherapy to Treat Rectal Varices: A Direct Puncture Approach to the Superior Rectal Vein Through the Greater Sciatic Foramen Under CT Fluoroscopy Guidance

    Ono, Yasuyuki, E-mail:; Kariya, Shuji, E-mail:; Nakatani, Miyuki, E-mail:; Yoshida, Rie, E-mail:; Kono, Yumiko, E-mail:; Kan, Naoki, E-mail:; Ueno, Yutaka, E-mail:; Komemushi, Atsushi, E-mail:; Tanigawa, Noboru, E-mail: [Kansai Medical University, Department of Radiology (Japan)


    Rectal varices occur in 44.5 % of patients with ectopic varices caused by portal hypertension, and 48.6 % of these patients are untreated and followed by observation. However, bleeding occurs in 38 % and shock leading to death in 5 % of such patients. Two patients, an 80-year-old woman undergoing treatment for primary biliary cirrhosis (Child-Pugh class A) and a 63-year-old man with class C hepatic cirrhosis (Child-Pugh class A), in whom balloon-occluded antegrade transvenous sclerotherapy was performed to treat rectal varices are reported. A catheter was inserted by directly puncturing the rectal vein percutaneously through the greater sciatic foramen under computed tomographic fluoroscopy guidance. In both cases, the rectal varices were successfully treated without any significant complications, with no bleeding from rectal varices after embolization.

  19. Case report: massive lower intestinal bleeding from ileal varices. Treatment with transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPSS); Fallbericht: Massive untere gastrointestinale Blutung aus ilealen Varizen. Behandlung mittels transjugulaerem intrahepatischem portosystemischem Shunt (TIPSS)

    Lopez-Benitez, R. [Universitaetsklinikum Heidelberg (Germany). Abteilung fuer Diagnostische und Iinterventionelle Radiologie; Universitaetsklinikum, Abteilung fuer Diagnostische und Interventionelle Radiologie, Heidelberg (Germany); Seidensticker, P.; Richter, G.M.; Stampfl, U.; Hallscheidt, P. [Universitaetsklinikum Heidelberg (Germany). Abteilung fuer Diagnostische und Iinterventionelle Radiologie


    Acute gastrointestinal bleeding in patients with liver cirrhosis is associated with a high mortality. Ileal varices and collaterals from ectopic vessels are extremely rare, encountered in less than 5% of the cirrhotic patients. The diagnosis is frequently delayed because the regular diagnostic methods such as gastroscopy or colonoscopy are unsuccessful in accurate the source of bleeding in the majority of the cases. We report an unusual case of massive and uncontrollable lower intestinal bleeding from ileal varices with right ovarian vein anastomosis in a 56 year-old female patient with liver cirrhosis and previous history of abdominal and pelvic surgery. The accurate angiographic and computed tomography diagnosis allowed fast decompression of the portal venous system using a transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt. (orig.) [German] Akute gastrointestinale Blutungen sind bei Leberzirrhosepatienten mit einer hohen Mortalitaet verbunden. Ileale Varizen und Kollateralen aus anderen ektopen Gefaessen des Darms sind extrem selten und treten bei weniger als 5% aller Zirrhosepatienten auf. Die Diagnosestellung erfolgt oft verspaetet, da die ueblichen diagnostischen Untersuchungsmethoden wie Gastroskopie oder Koloskopie in den meisten Faellen die Blutungsquelle nicht ausreichend darstellen. Wir berichten ueber einen ungewoehnlichen Fall von massiver und unkontrollierbarer unterer gastroinstestinaler (GI-)Blutung aus ilealen Varizen mit Verbindung zur rechten V. ovarica einer 56-jaehrigen Frau, bei der anamnestisch eine Leberzirrhose und abdominelle Operationen sowie Operationen im Bereich des Beckens bekannt waren. Die genaue angiographische und computertomographische Diagnose erlaubte eine rasche Dekompression des Portalvenensystems mittels eines transjugulaeren portosystemischen Shunts. (orig.)

  20. [Endoscopic surgery for benign esophageal diseases].

    Ozawa, Soji


    Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and esophageal achalasia are common benign esophageal diseases. Today minimally invasive surgery is recommended to treat these diseases. Surgical indications for GERD are failure of medical management, medical complications attributable to a large hiatal hernia, 'atypical' symptoms (asthma, hoarseness, cough, chest pain, aspiration), etc. according to the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) guidelines. Laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication has emerged as the most widely accepted procedure for GERD patients with normal esophageal motility. Partial fundoplication (e.g., Toupet fundoplication) is also considered to decrease the possibility of postoperative dysphagia. Although pneumatic dilatation has been the first line treatment for esophageal achalasia, laparoscopic Heller myotomy and partial fundoplication (e.g., Dor fundoplication) to prevent reflux is preferred by most gastroenterologists and surgeons as the primary treatment modality. Laparoscopic surgery for GERD and esophageal achalasia are effective in most patients and safe in all patients. Finally, laparoscopic surgery should be performed only by skilled surgeons.

  1. Systemic complications of esophageal lichen planus.

    Manna, R; Garcovich, S; Giovinale, M; Marinaro, A; Manganelli, C; Zampetti, A; Feliciani, C


    Lichen planus is an uncommon inflammatory mucocutaneous disorder affecting the skin and its appendages, as well as oral and genital mucosa. Involvement of the esophageal mucosa is rare and causes significant morbidity, with dysphagia and risk of long-term complications, such as esophageal strictures and stenosis. Esophageal lichen planus is an underreported condition in the spectrum of lichenoid tissue reactions, presenting the risk of systemic manifestations. We describe a patient with severe, long-standing esophageal lichen planus, which had led to marked weight-loss, malnutrition syndrome and chronic respiratory distress due to recurrent aspiration pneumonia. Diagnosis was confirmed by the presence of concomitant muco-cutaneous lesions and characteristic endoscopic and histological findings. Systemic therapy with cyclosporine A and micronutrient supplementation led to rapid clinical improvement. Early diagnosis of esophageal lichen planus as well as effective systemic immunosuppressive treatment is crucial in order to prevent short- and long-term complications.

  2. Lichenoid esophagitis: clinicopathologic overlap with established esophageal lichen planus.

    Salaria, Safia N; Abu Alfa, Amer K; Cruise, Michael W; Wood, Laura D; Montgomery, Elizabeth A


    Lichen planus (LP) affects mucocutaneous surfaces and is characterized by intraepithelial and lamina propria lymphocytosis and squamous cell apoptosis (Civatte bodies). Lichen planus esophagitis (LPE) is underrecognized; concurrent cutaneous disease is present in some patients, but LPE alone is more common. We diagnose patients with characteristic pathologic findings of LPE and known correlation with skin disease or immunofluorescence (IF) results as LPE but use descriptive terminology ("lichenoid esophagitis pattern" [LEP]) when confirmation is unavailable. We reviewed clinicopathologic features of patients diagnosed at our institution with LPE or LEP. There were 88 specimens with LPE or LEP from 65 patients. Most patients were female. Seventeen patients had LPE confirmed by IF. Five patients had both esophageal (1 with IF) and skin LP. Strictures were a prominent presenting feature in LPE patients, with disease distribution more frequent in the upper and lower esophagus. Dysphagia was a common reason for endoscopy in LEP patients. Rheumatologic diseases are more common in patients with LPE compared with LEP. Viral hepatitides and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections are associated with LEP. We defined polypharmacy as patients taking >3 medications; this finding was present in both LPE and LEP cohorts; however, this is a prominent feature in those with established LPE. Progression to dysplasia was noted in both cohorts. About 5% of LPE patients have tandem skin manifestations. LPE is more likely than LEP to arise in women, result in stricture formation, and be associated with rheumatologic disorders and polypharmacy, whereas LEP is associated with viral hepatitis and HIV. Both can progress to neoplasia. As the risk of stricture formation is high in patients with LPE, it is worth performing pertinent IF studies to confirm LPE, although knowledge of the clinical association of LEP with viral hepatitis, HIV, and use of multiple medications is of value in

  3. A comparative analysis by SAGE of gene expression profiles of esophageal adenocarcinoma and esophageal squamous cell carcinoma

    van Baal, Jantine W. P. M.; Milana, Francesco; Rygiel, Agnieszka M.; Sondermeijer, Carine M. T.; Spek, C. Arnold; Bergman, Jacques J. G. H. M.; Peppelenbosch, Maikel P.; Krishnadath, Kausilia K.


    Esophageal adenocarcinoma (EA) and esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) are the two main types of esophageal cancer. Despite extensive research the exact molecular basis of these cancers is unclear. Therefore we evaluated the transcriptome of EA in comparison to non-dysplastic Barrett's esophag

  4. Treatment of portal hypertension

    Khurram Bari; Guadalupe Garcia-Tsao


    Portal hypertension is the main complication of cirrhosis and is defined as an hepatic venous pressure gradient (HVPG) of more than 5 mmHg.Clinically significant portal hypertension is defined as HVPG of 10 mmHg or more.Development of gastroesophageal varices and variceal hemorrhage are the most direct consequence of portal hypertension.Over the last decades significant advancements in the field have led to standard treatment options.These clinical recommendations have evolved mostly as a result of randomized controlled trials and consensus conferences among experts where existing evidence has been reviewed and future goals for research and practice guidelines have been proposed.Management of varices/variceal hemorrhage is based on the clinical stage of portal hypertension.No specific treatment has shown to prevent the formation of varices.Prevention of first variceal hemorrhage depends on the size/characteristics of varices.In patients with small varices and high risk of bleeding,nonselective β-blockers are recommended,while patients with medium/large varices can be treated with either β-blockers or esophageal band ligation.Standard of care for acute variceal hemorrhage consists of vasoactive drugs,endoscopic band ligation and antibiotics prophylaxis.Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) is reserved for those who fail standard of care or for patients who are likely to fail ("early TIPS").Prevention of recurrent variceal hemorrhage consists of the combination of β-blockers and endoscopic band ligation.

  5. Giant mid-esophageal diverticulum. Conservative treatment of postoperative leakage.

    Dallatomasina, S; Casaccia, M; Chessa, M; Serrano, J; Nardi, I; Troilo, B; Miggino, M; Valente, U


    Mid-esophageal diverticula are rare entities. Only symptomatic patients usually receive surgical treatment. Esophageal leakage is one of the most common complications after these procedures. Though in literature, operative management is the preferred treatment for esophageal fistula, conservative approach is described in case of small leaks. We report a case of an operated giant mid-esophageal diverticulum complicated with an esophageal fistula. The patient underwent a surgical treatment and recovered completely.

  6. Isolated Gastric Varices and Use of Balloon-occlusive Retrograde Transvenous Obliteration: A Case Report and Literature Review.

    McCarty, Thomas R; Bakhit, Mena; Rustagi, Tarun


    Isolated gastric varices are far less prevalent in Western countries where the rate of splenic thrombosis is much lower. However, in Asian countries the entity is more common and therefore a more robust treatment approach has been developed. Balloon-occlusive retrograde transvenous obliteration (BRTO) was first described in 1984 and then revived in 1996. The procedure, while uncommon in the U.S. and not recognized by the AASLD practice guidelines, allows for direct exclusion from the portosystemic system. Here we describe the case of a patient with alcoholic cirrhosis decompensated by bleeding gastric varices treated with BRTO.

  7. Antibiotic prophylaxis in variceal hemorrhage:Timing,effectiveness and Clostridium difficile rates

    Matthew; RL; Brown; Graeme; Jones; Kathryn; L; Nash; Mark; Wright; Indra; Neil; Guha


    AIM:To investigate if antibiotics administered within 8 h of endoscopy reduce mortality or increase the incidence of Clostridium difficile infection(CDI).METHODS:A 2-year retrospective analysis of all patients who presented with first variceal hemorrhage was undertaken.The primary outcome measure was 28-d mortality.Secondary outcome measures were 28-d rebleeding rates and 28-d incidence of CDI.All patients were admitted to a tertiary liver unit with a consultantled,24-h endoscopy service.Patients received s...

  8. Esophagogastric variceal bleeding in cirrhotic portal hypertension:consensus on prevention and management(2008)

    Task Force for the Prevention and Management of Esophagogastric Variceal Bleeding of the Chinese Society of Gastroenterology,Chinese Society of Hepatology,and Chinese Society of Digestive Endoscopy


    @@ Portal hypertension is a clinical syndrome which is a consequence of a pathological increase in portal vein pressure due to various causes,liver cirrhosis being the most common.The basic pathophysioiogical characteristic of portal hypertension is resistance to portal vein flow or an increase in portal vein flow,which results in elevation of ressure in the portal vein and its tributaries and the formation of collateral circulation.Portal hypertension is manifested as a clinical syndrome including ascites,hepatoencephalopathy,esophagogastric variceal bleeding (EVB),etc.Among these manifestations,EVB has the highest mortality which is also one of the most common emergencies of the digestive system.

  9. 64-row multidetector computed tomography portal venography of gastric variceal collateral circulation


    AIM:To study characteristics of collateral circulation of gastric varices (GVs) with 64-row multidetector computer tomography portal venography (MDCTPV).METHODS:64-row MDCTPV with a slice thickness of 0.625 mm and a scanning field from 2 cm above the tracheal bifurcation to the lower edge of the kidney was performed in 86 patients with GVS diagnosed by endoscopy. The computed tomography protocol included unenhanced,arterial and portal vein phases. The MDCTPV was performed on an AW4.3 workstation. GVs were c...

  10. Covered TIPS for secondary prophylaxis of variceal bleeding in liver cirrhosis

    Qi, Xingshun; Tian, Yulong; Zhang, Wei; Zhao, Haitao; Han, Guohong; Guo, Xiaozhong


    Abstract Background: In the era of bare stents, transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) is the second-line choice of therapy for the prevention of variceal rebleeding in liver cirrhosis. In the era of covered stents, the role of TIPS should be re-evaluated. Aim: The aim of the study was to compare the outcomes of covered TIPS versus the traditional first-line therapy (i.e, drug plus endoscopic therapy) for the prevention of variceal rebleeding in liver cirrhosis. Methods: All relevant randomized controlled trials were searched via the PubMed, EMBASE, and Cochrane Library databases. Hazard ratios (HRs) and odds ratios (ORs) with 95% confidence intervals (CIs) and P values were calculated for the cumulative risk and overall risk, respectively. Heterogeneity among studies was also calculated. Results: Three of 111 retrieved papers were eligible. Among them, the proportion of patients who were switched from drug plus endoscopic therapy to TIPS was 16% to 25%. The risk of bias was relatively low in all included randomized controlled trials. Meta-analyses demonstrated that the covered TIPS group had a similar overall survival (HR = 0.84, 95% CI = 0.55–1.28, P = 0.41; OR = 1.00, 95% CI = 0.59–1.69, P = 0.99), a significantly lower risk of variceal rebleeding (HR = 0.30, 95% CI = 0.18–0.48, P < 0.00001; OR = 0.24, 95% CI = 0.12–0.46, P < 0.0001), and a similar risk of hepatic encephalopathy (HR = 1.35, 95% CI = 0.72–2.53, P = 0.36; OR = 1.28, 95% CI = 0.54–3.04, P = 0.57). In most of meta-analyses, the heterogeneity among studies was not statistically significant. Conclusions: Compared with drug plus endoscopic therapy, covered TIPS had a significant benefit of preventing from variceal rebleeding, but did not increase the overall survival or risk of hepatic encephalopathy. PMID:27977618

  11. Successful treatment of corrosive esophageal strictures after failed esophageal reconstructions with colon and jejunum

    ZHOU Jing-hai; JIANG Yao-guang; WANG Ru-wen; ZHAO Yun-ping; GONG Tai-qian; TAN Qun-you; MA Zheng; LIN Yi-dan; DENG Bo


    Dense and extensive esophageal strictures after caustic agent ingestion require surgical treatment. Colon, stomach and jejunum can be used to reconstruct esophagus. Here, we report an unusual patient with corrosive esophageal stricture who had received unsuccessful esophageal replacements twice at other hospitals. Colon interposition had been first performed 6 months after corrosive esophageal burn,but the colon graft necrosis occurred. Esophageal reconstruction had been carried out 10 years later in another hospital. However, the graft necrosis developed again 5 months later. A salvage operation was performed to remove the necrotic transplant in our hospital. Then as much food as possible had been given to expand the stomach through the gastrostomy since the procedure. The patient underwent esophagectomy and concomitant gastroesophagostomy in the neck 1.5 years later. Esophageal dilations had been performed to prevent recurrent anastomotic stricture for 1 year. He has eaten a normal diet since being discharged.

  12. Two cases of cisplatin-induced permanent renal failure following neoadjuvant chemotherapy for esophageal cancer

    Tomohiko Sasaki; Satoru Motoyama; Atsushi Komatsuda; Hiroyuki Shibata; Yusuke Sato; Kei Yoshino; Akiyuki Wakita; Hajime Saito; Akira Anbai; Mario Jin; Yoshihiro Minamiya


    Introduction: We experienced two esophageal cancer patients who developed severe acute renal failure after neoadjuvant chemotherapy with cisplatin and 5-fluorourasil. Presentation of case: After administration of cisplatin, their serum creatinine increased gradually until they required hemodialysis and their renal failure was permanent. In both cases, renal biopsy examination indicated partial recovery of the proximal tubule, but renal function did not recover. After these events, one pati...

  13. Percutaneous Transhepatic Variceal Embolization Combined with Partial Splenic Embolization for Treatment of Esophagogastric Variceal Bleeding in Patients with Liver Cirrhosis%经皮经肝食管胃底曲张静脉栓塞术联合部分脾栓塞术治疗肝硬化食管胃底静脉曲张破裂出血疗效观察

    陈翔; 马鋆; 陈胜良; 李金辉; 许建荣; 程杰军; 张庆; 吴华伟; 严琦; 周孝雯; 曾帅


    Background:Esophagogastric variceal bleeding is a severe and commonly seen complication of portal hypertension in patients with liver cirrhosis. Prevention of rebleeding remains an important issue in the management of patients suffered from the disease. Aims:To evaluate the efficacy and safety of percutaneous transhepatic variceal embolization(PTVE) combined with partial splenic embolization(PSE)for treatment of esophagogastric variceal bleeding in patients with liver cirrhosis. Methods:Ten liver cirrhosis patients with esophagogastric variceal bleeding were prospectively selected and treated by PTVE combined with PSE. The blood flow of portal system was measured by Doppler ultrasonography pre- and post-operatively;meanwhile peripheral blood cells were counted. A 1-2-year follow-up was carried out and the rebleeding and procedure-related complications were recorded. Results:The postoperative inner diameter of main portal vein,as well as the blood flow velocity of main portal vein and splenic vein were significantly reduced as compared with those before operation(P < 0. 05). Three months after operation,the peripheral white blood cell and platelet were still significantly higher than those before operation(P < 0. 05). During 1-year follow-up,rebleeding appeared in 2 patients,one of them was found having main portal vein thrombosis developed,and was treated by endoscopic esophageal variceal ligation because the gastric varices was not as evident as ever. The rebleeding rate and incidence of portal system thrombosis after the PTVE-PSE procedure was 20. 0% and 10. 0%,respectively. Conclusions:PTVE combined with PSE seemed efficient for alleviating portal hypertension,and might be recommended as a safe and effective interventional therapy for liver cirrhosis patients with esophagogastric variceal bleeding.%背景:食管胃底静脉曲张破裂出血是肝硬化门静脉高压常见且严重的并发症,再出血的预防是该病的治疗重点。目的:评价

  14. Effects of tenoxicam in experimental corrosive esophagitis model.

    Erbaş, M; Kiraz, H A; Küçük, A; Topaloğlu, N; Erdem, H; Şahin, H; Toman, H; Ozkan, M Turgut Alper


    Esophageal stricture, one of the important complications of corrosive esophagus, develops following edema and granulation tissue that forms during and after the inflammatory reactions. Tenoxicam, a non-steroid anti-inflammatory drug with a long half-life, prevents various leukocyte functions including phagocyte and histamine secretion by inhibiting prostaglandin synthesis and removes various oxygen radicals in the region of inflammation. We designed this as a histopathological study using tenoxicam in rats for which we created a corrosive esophagus model. After necessary authorizations were obtained, the study was performed in Çanakkale 18 Mart University experimental animal laboratory. Twenty-four Wistar albino rats, weighing 220-240 g, were used for the experiment. Experimental animals were randomized into three groups: tenoxicam group (group T, n:8), control group (group C, n:8), and sham group (group S, n:8). Tenoxicam 0.5 mg/kg/day was administered to animals in group T, where esophageal burn was developed experimentally, 5 mg/kg 0.9% NaCL was administered i.p. to rats in group C for 15 days, once in 24 hours. No procedure was applied to rats in group S. After 15 days, all animals were sacrificed under general anesthesia and their esophagi were extracted. As a result of histopathological evaluation, inflammation and fibroblast proliferation was not observed in rats in the sham group (group S). Intense inflammation was observed in six rats (6+/2-) in the control group, and fibroblast proliferation was observed as 5+/3-. And in treatment groups, inflammation was evaluated as 3+/5-, and fibroblast proliferation as 3+/5-. In our study, histopathologic damage score was higher in the control group (P < 0.005). We deduce that tenoxicam can be useful in the treatment of caustic esophageal injuries in the acute phase, but think that these drugs require further researches and clinical studies before routine clinical use.

  15. Updates on esophageal and gastric cancers

    Amy Gallo; Charles Cha


    Esophageal and gastric cancers are both common and deadly. Patients present most often after disease progression and survival is therefore poor. Due to demographic variability and recent changes in disease incidence, much emphasis has been placed on studying risk factors for both esophageal and gastric cancers.However, with increasing understanding of these diseases, low survival rates persist and continued intensive studies are necessary to optimize treatment plans. This review article discusses updates in the evolving epidemiology, clinical presentation, risk factors,and diagnostic and treatment modalities of esophageal and gastric cancers.

  16. Esophageal scintigraphy: A comparison with esophagoscopy

    Kjellen, G.; Andersson, P.; Sandstroem, S.


    Fifty consecutive patients with different esophageal symtoms were investigated with esophageal endoscopy, transit scintigraphy, and gastroesophageal (GE) scintigraphy with extra-abdominal compression. Scintigraphic findings were abnormal in 27 of those 31 patients (87%) who were classified as abnormal at endoscopy. A prolonged transit time was the commonest finding, but hiatal hernia and GE reflux were also found. However, the scintigraphic procedure showed abnormalities in 6 of 19 (31%) patients who were classified as normal at endoscopy. Esophageal scintigraphy is recommended as a screening test before endoscopy is decided on. 20 refs.

  17. Association of Oesophageal Varices and Splanchnic Vein Thromboses in Patients with JAK2-Positive Myeloproliferative Neoplasms: Presentation of Two Cases and Data from a Retrospective Analysis

    Cornelia S. Link


    Full Text Available Background: Oesophageal varices and gastrointestinal bleeding are common complications of liver cirrhosis. More rarely, oesophageal varices occur in patients with non-cirrhotic portal hypertension that results from thromboses of portal or splanchnic veins. Case Report: We describe 2 young men who initially presented with varices as a result of portal vein thromboses. In the clinical follow-up, both were tested positive for a JAK2 mutation and consequently diagnosed with myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs. In an attempt to characterise the frequency of gastrointestinal complications in patients with JAK2-positive MPNs, we retrospectively analysed all known affected patients from our clinic for the diagnosis of portal vein thromboses and oesophageal varices. Strikingly, 48% of those who had received an oesophagogastroduodenoscopy had detectable oesophageal or gastric varices, and 82% of those suffered from portal or splanchnic vein thromboses. Conclusion: While the association between JAK2, myeloproliferative disease and thrombotic events is well established, patients with idiopathic oesophageal varices are not regularly tested for JAK2 mutations. However, the occurrence of oesophageal varices may be the first presenting symptom of a MPN with a JAK2 mutation, and affected patients may profit from a close haematological monitoring to assure the early detection of developing MPN.

  18. [Laparoscopic surgery for esophageal achalasia].

    Ozawa, S; Ando, N; Ohgami, M; Kitagawa, Y; Kitajima, M


    Laparoscopic surgery for esophageal achalasia was first reported by Shimi et al. in 1991. Subsequently the procedure has been performed all over the world and laparoscopic Heller myotomy and Dor fundoplication (Heller and Dor operation) is now thought to be the operation of first choice. It is indicated for patients who are resistant to medical therapy (calcium blocker etc.) or have pneumatic dilatation and those with frequent aspiration at night. As Csendes et al. reported that surgical treatment was better than pneumatic dilatation and as laparoscopic surgery is less invasive, the indications for the laparoscopic Heller and Dor operation can include all achalasia patients except those who respond to medical therapy, do not accept surgery, or cannot tolerate surgery. We successfully performed the laparoscopic Heller and Dor operation on 22 patients, all of whom had an uneventful postoperative course. Manometric evaluation, endoscopic examination, and 24-hour pH monitoring showed good results. There are six important technical points: 1) flexible laparoscopy; 2) pneumoperitoneum; 3) gauze in the abdominal cavity to absorb blood; 4) laparosonic coagulating shears; 5) extracorporeal knot-tying technique; and 6) intracorporeal knot-tying technique. If an experienced surgeon is in charge, the laparoscopic Heller and Dor operation is an ideal, minimally invasive treatment for esophageal achalasia.


    王立峰; 张伟; 王吾如; 王洪平; 韩双廷; 曲平; 刘义; 李茉; 刘伯齐; 林培中


    To investigate cyclooxygenase- 2(Cox-2) protein expression in esophageal cancer and precancerous lesions. Methods: One hundred twenty biopsy specimens from esophageal carcinoma and 113 from patients with esophageal premalingnant lesions, 27 from individuals with normal esophageal mucosa and 3 from Barrett's esophagus were examined for Cox-2 protein expression by immunohistochemistry. Results: Cox-2 protein was not observed in normal esophageal squamous and glandular epithelium, hyperplasia from mild to severe dysplasia lesions and carcinoma in situ. Positive Cox-2 protein expression was found in 4 of 60 specimens of invasive squamous-cell carcinomas, 21 of 30 specimens of esophageal adenocarcinomas and in 3 of 3 Barret's esophageal tissues. Conclusion: The Cox-2 protein expression may be associated with the development of the esophageal adenocarcinomas but not esophageal squamous-cell carcinomas.

  20. Embolization for non-variceal upper gastrointestinal tract haemorrhage: A systematic review

    Mirsadraee, S.; Tirukonda, P.; Nicholson, A. [Department of Radiology, Leeds General Infirmary, Leeds (United Kingdom); Everett, S.M. [Department of Gastroenterology, Leeds General Infirmary, Leeds (United Kingdom); McPherson, S.J., E-mail: simon.mcpherson@leedsth.nhs.u [Department of Radiology, Leeds General Infirmary, Leeds (United Kingdom)


    Aim: To assess the published evidence on the endovascular treatment of non-variceal upper gastrointestinal haemorrhage. Materials and methods: An Ovid Medline search of published literature was performed (1966-2009). Non-English literature, experimental studies, variceal haemorrhage and case series with fewer than five patients were excluded. The search yielded 1888 abstracts. Thirty-five articles were selected for final analysis. Results: The total number of pooled patients was 927. The technical and clinical success of embolization ranged from 52-100% and 44-100%, respectively. The pooled mean technical/clinical success rate in primary upper gastrointestinal tract haemorrhage (PUGITH) only, trans-papillary haemorrhage (TPH) only, and mixed studies were 84%/67%, 93%/89%, and 93%/64%, respectively. Clinical outcome was adversely affected by multi-organ failure, shock, corticosteroids, transfusion, and coagulopathy. The anatomical source of haemorrhage and procedural variables did not affect the outcome. A successful embolization improved survival by 13.3 times. Retrospective comparison with surgery demonstrated equivalent mortality and clinical success, despite embolization being applied to a more elderly population with a higher prevalence of co-morbidities. Conclusions: Embolization is effective in this very difficult cohort of patients with outcomes similar to surgery.

  1. A rare case of splenic lymphoma in a patient with polymyositis manifesting as gastric variceal bleeding.

    Parekh, Ravish; Walia, Sandeep; Zalawadia, Ashish; Siddiqui, Yousuf


    We report an unusual case of upper gastrointestinal bleeding due to isolated gastric variceal bleeding in a patient with splenomegaly who was subsequently diagnosed with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. The patient is a 47-year-old male with a history of polymyositis who presented to the emergency room with complaints of lightheadedness and melena for 2 days. On initial presentation, the patient had positive orthostatic vital signs. He was found to be anemic with presenting hemoglobin of 5.8 g/dl (compared with 13.4 g/dl 4 months prior to presentation). The patient was aggressively resuscitated with intravenous fluid and blood transfusions. An emergency esophagogastroduodenoscopy was performed which showed isolated gastric varices in the fundus of the stomach, with no active bleeding or high-risk stigmata. Abdominal computed tomography revealed focal splenic vein thrombosis and splenomegaly with ill-defined hypodensities. Portal and superior mesenteric veins were patent. Mild edema was seen surrounding the spleen and non-specific abdominal lymphadenopathy was also reported. A surgical consultation recommended an urgent splenectomy. Pathology of the removed spleen revealed diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. Positron emission tomography-computed tomography revealed lymphomatous disease in the thorax, abdomen, pelvis and bone marrow. The patient was subsequently started on chemotherapy.

  2. The recent reduction in mortality from bleeding oesophageal varices is primarily observed from Days 1 to 5

    Hobolth, Lise; Krag, Aleksander; Bendtsen, Flemming


    BACKGROUND: Several new treatments of bleeding oesophageal varices (BOV) have been introduced during the last 25 years; among these are vasoactive drugs, improved endoscopic techniques and prophylactic antibiotics. AIMS: The aim was to compare clinical outcomes based on Baveno IV criteria in two...

  3. Thrombocytopenia in Patients with Gastric Varices and the Effect of Balloon-occluded Retrograde Transvenous Obliteration on the Platelet Count

    W E Saad


    Full Text Available Objectives: Gastric varices primarily occur in cirrhotic patients with portal hypertension and splenomegaly and thus are probably associated with thrombocytopenia. However, the prevalence and severity of thrombocytopenia are unknown in this clinical setting. Moreover, one-third of patients after balloon-occluded retrograde transvenous obliteration (BRTO have aggravated splenomegaly, which potentially may cause worsening thrombocytopenia. The aim of the study is to determine the prevalence and degree of thrombocytopenia in patients with gastric varices associated with gastrorenal shunts undergoing BRTO, to determine the prognostic factors of survival after BRTO (platelet count included, and to assess the effect of BRTO on platelet count over a 1-year period. Materials and Methods: This is a retrospective review of 35 patients who underwent BRTO (March 2008-August 2011. Pre- and post-BRTO platelet counts were noted. Potential predictors of bleeding and survival (age, gender, liver disease etiology, platelet count, model for end stage liver disease [MELD]-score, presence of ascites or hepatocellular carcinoma were analyzed (multivariate analysis. A total of 91% (n = 32/35 of patients had thrombocytopenia (90% of patients in patients undergoing BRTO. However, BRTO (with occlusion of the gastrorenal shunt has little effect on the platelet count. Long-term outcomes of BRTO for bleeding gastric varices using sodium tetradecyl sulfate in the USA are impressive with a 4-year variceal rebleed rate and transplant-free survival rate of 9% and 76%, respectively. Platelet count is not a predictor of higher rebleeding or patient survival after BRTO.

  4. Esophageal transit scintigraphy in systemic sclerosis.

    Chojnowski, Marek; Kobylecka, Małgorzata; Olesińska, Marzena


    Systemic sclerosis is a rare connective tissue disease, distinctive features of which are fibrosis and microangiopathy. The esophagus is one of the most commonly involved internal organs. Most patients experience dysphagia, difficulties in swallowing and gastro-esophageal reflux. However, in up to one third of cases, the initial onset of esophageal disease may be clinically silent. There are several diagnostic modalities available for assessing both morphological and functional abnormalities of the esophagus. If structural abnormalities are suspected, endoscopy is the method of choice. Functional evaluation is best achieved with manometry. Both endoscopy and manometry are invasive techniques, with low patient acceptance. Barium-contrast study is well tolerated, but qualitative assessment of functional abnormalities is imprecise. Esophageal scintigraphy is an easy, non-invasive, sensitive and specific diagnostic modality. It can detect esophageal dysfunction even in asymptomatic patients. In patients already diagnosed with systemic sclerosis, scintigraphy is useful in evaluating severity and progression of the disease.

  5. PET for Staging of Esophageal Cancer



    FDG-PET is of clinical value especially for detection of distant metastases or recurrent esophageal cancer. For the staging of primary tumor or locoregional lymph node metastasis PET is currently not suitable.

  6. CT findings of esophageal schwannoma: A case report

    Lee, Man Ho; Ryu, Dae Shick; Eom, Dae Woon; Shin, Dong Rock; Choi, Soo Jung; Ahn, Jae Hong; Park, Man Soo; Yoo, Dong Kon [Gangneung Asan Hospital, College of Medicine, University of Ulsan, Gangneung (Korea, Republic of)


    Esophageal schwannomas are a relative rare benign neoplasm that usually occurs in the upper esophagus, in the middle aged women. We report a case of a 67-year-old man with a lower esophageal schwannoma. This lesion was composed of homogenous density, iso-attenuating with the chest wall muscle on pre- and post-contrast chest computed tomography (CT). The CT findings of the esophageal schwannoma are similar to those of esophageal leiomyoma. Hense, esophageal schwannoma may be a differential diagnosis with esophageal leiomyoma.

  7. Qualitative and Quantitative Studies of Polygene Proteins Expression in Esophageal Precancerous Lesions and Esophageal Carcinoma

    LI Chao-xia; WU Ming-yao; KUANG Li-ping


    Objective: To examine the expressions of MDM2, P53 and P27 proteins in chronic esophagitis, para-cancer mucosa and esophageal carcinoma. Methods: Immunohistochemistry was used to detect the expressions of MDM2, P53 and P27 proteins in forty-seven patients suffering from chronic esophagitis and eighty-five cases of esophageal carcinoma and corresponding para-cancer mucosa. Flow cytometry((FCM) was applied to detect the quantities of these proteins expressed in fresh tissues of 48 cases of esophageal cancer and their para-cancer tissues and 24 cases of relative normal mucosa at the surface of cutting edge. Results: Immunohistochemistry results showed that the expressions of the three studied proteins were very similar in the epithelia of chronic esophagitis and para-cancer mucosa (P>0.05). Both the qualitative and quantitative studies displayed that the P53 protein had no expression and its accumulations would appear only in the early stages of esophagus canceration while the MDM2 and P27 proteins had different degrees of expressions in cases of normal esophageal mucosa. MDM2 protein markedly increased in the advanced stages of esophageal canceration. A quantitative study showed that the expression of P27 protein had a linearity of decreasing tendency (F=9.132,P=0.002) in the course of esophageal canceration. Conclusion: Chronic esophagitis may be a precancerous lesion. Owing to the changes of the P53 and P27 proteins, we can also conclude that these occur in the early stages of esophagus oncogenesis, however the changes of MDM2 expression may occur in the advanced stage of esophageal canceration.

  8. Dysphagia due to Multiple Esophageal Rings

    Stephen N Sullivan


    Full Text Available A 27-year-old Saudi man with dysphagia due to multiple esophageal rings is reported and the literature reviewed. Dysphagia due to multiple esophageal rings is very rare. Only 15 cases have been reported. The patient is usually male and has had dysphagia for many years when presenting. The cause of the rings is unknown. Theories to explain dysphagia are that the rings are either congenital or an unusual manifestation of gastroesophageal reflux.

  9. Proton Beam Therapy and Concurrent Chemotherapy for Esophageal Cancer

    Lin, Steven H., E-mail: [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States); Komaki, Ritsuko; Liao Zhongxing [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States); Wei, Caimiao [Department of Biostatistics, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States); Myles, Bevan [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States); Guo Xiaomao [Department of Radiation Oncology, Fudan University Cancer Hospital, Shanghai (China); Palmer, Matthew [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States); Mohan, Radhe [Department of Physics, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States); Swisher, Stephen G.; Hofstetter, Wayne L. [Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States); Ajani, Jaffer A. [Department of Gastrointestinal Medical Oncology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States); Cox, James D. [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States)


    Purpose: Proton beam therapy (PBT) is a promising modality for the management of thoracic malignancies. We report our preliminary experience of treating esophageal cancer patients with concurrent chemotherapy (CChT) and PBT (CChT/PBT) at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Methods and Materials: This is an analysis of 62 esophageal cancer patients enrolled on a prospective study evaluating normal tissue toxicity from CChT/PBT from 2006 to 2010. Patients were treated with passive scattering PBT with two- or three-field beam arrangement using 180 to 250 MV protons. We used the Kaplan-Meier method to assess time-to-event outcomes and compared the distributions between groups using the log-rank test. Results: The median follow-up time was 20.1 months for survivors. The median age was 68 years (range, 38-86). Most patients were males (82%) who had adenocarcinomas (76%) and Stage II-III disease (84%). The median radiation dose was 50.4 Gy (RBE [relative biologic equivalence]) (range, 36-57.6). The most common grade 2 to 3 acute toxicities from CChT/PBT were esophagitis (46.8%), fatigue (43.6%), nausea (33.9%), anorexia (30.1%), and radiation dermatitis (16.1%). There were two cases of grade 2 and 3 radiation pneumonitis and two cases of grade 5 toxicities. A total of 29 patients (46.8%) received preoperative CChT/PBT, with one postoperative death. The pathologic complete response (pCR) rate for the surgical cohort was 28%, and the pCR and near CR rates (0%-1% residual cells) were 50%. While there were significantly fewer local-regional recurrences in the preoperative group (3/29) than in the definitive CChT/PBT group (16/33) (log-rank test, p = 0.005), there were no differences in distant metastatic (DM)-free interval or overall survival (OS) between the two groups. Conclusions: This is the first report of patients treated with PBT/CChT for esophageal cancer. Our data suggest that this modality is associated with a few severe toxicities, but the pathologic response and clinical

  10. Metabolic syndrome is associated with erosive esophagitis

    Jung Ho Park; Dong IL Park; Hong Joo Kim; Yong Kyun Cho; Chong IL Sohn; Woo Kyu Jeon; Byung Ik Kim


    AIM: To clarify whether insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome are risk factors for erosive esophagitis.METHODS: A case-control study was performed using the database of the Kangbuk Semsung Hospital Medical Screening Center.RESULTS: A total of 1679 cases of erosive esophagitis and 3358 randomly selected controls were included.Metabolic syndrome was diagnosed in 21% of the cases and 12% of the controls (P<0.001).Multiple logistic regressions confirmed the association between erosive esophagitis and metabolic syndrome (Odds ratio,1.25; 95% CI,1.04-1.49).Among the components of metabolic syndrome,increased waist circumference,elevated serum triglyceride levels and hypertension were significant risk factors for erosive esophagitis (allP<0.01).Furthermore,increased insulin resistance (Odds ratio,0.91; 95% CI,0.85-0.98)and fatty liver,as diagnosed by ultrasonography (odds ratio,1.39; 95% CI,1.20-1.60),were also related to erosive esophagitis even after adjustment for a series of confounding factors.CONCLUSION: Metabolic syndrome and increased insulin resistance are associated with an increased risk of developing erosive esophagitis.

  11. Laryngopharyngeal reflux in patients with reflux esophagitis

    Yung-Chih Lai; Pa-Chun Wang; Jun-Chen Lin


    AIM: To assess the prevalence of laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) in patients with reflux esophagitis and dis-close factors contributing to the development of LPR.METHODS: A total of 167 patients who proved to have reflux esophagitis by endoscopy were enrolled.ings for the diagnosis of LPR. We used validated ques-tionnaires to identify the presence of laryngopharyn-geal symptoms, and stringent criteria of inclusion to increase the specificity of laryngoscopic findings. The data of patients were analyzed statistically to find out factors related to LPR.RESULTS: The prevalence rate of LPR in studied sub-jects with reflux esophagitis was 23.9%. Age, hoarse-ness and hiatus hernia were factors significantly as-sociated with LPR. In 23 patients with a hiatus hernia,the group with LPR was found to have a lower trend of esophagitis grading.CONCLUSION: Laryngopharyngeal reflux is present in patients with reflux esophagitis, and three predicting factors were identified. However, the development of LPR might be different from that of reflux esophagi-tis. The importance of hiatus hernia deserves further study.

  12. [Dutch study on the optimal treatment strategy for patients with a first or second occurrence of gastro-oesophageal variceal bleeding: the TIPS-TRUE trial

    Buuren, H.R. van; Wils, A.; Rauws, E.A.; Hoek, B. van; Drenth, J.P.H.; Kuipers, E.J.; Pattynama, P.M.


    The main options for secondary prevention of gastrooesophageal variceal bleeding are endoscopic therapy and treatment with propranolol. Creation ofa transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) is currently considered a valuable secondary 'rescue' treatment when other therapies fail. Recent

  13. Personal Experience in TCM Treatment of Reflux Esophagitis



    @@ Reflux esophagitis falls into the category of reflux gastroesophagopathy. It is characterized by inflammation, erosion, ulcer formation and fibrosis of the esophageal mucous membrane due to reflux of the content of the stomach and duodenum into the esophagus.

  14. Effects of anti-hypertensive drugs on esophageal body contraction

    Koichi; Yoshida; Kenji; Furuta; Kyoichi; Adachi; Shunji; Ohara; Terumi; Morita; Takashi; Tanimura; Shuji; Nakata; Masaharu; Miki; Kenji; Koshino; Yoshikazu; Kinoshita


    AIM:To clarify the effects of anti-hypertensive drugs on esophageal contraction and determine their possi-ble relationship with gastro-esophageal reflux disease.METHODS:Thirteen healthy male volunteers were enrolled. Esophageal body peristaltic contractions and lower esophageal sphincter (LES) pressure were measured using high resolution manometry. All subjects were randomly examined on four separate occasions following administrations of nifedipine,losartan,and atenolol,as well as without any drug administ...

  15. [Current status and perspectives of radiotherapy for esophageal cancer].

    Wu, S X; Wang, L H


    Esophageal cancer is one of the most common cancers in China. More than 80% of esophageal cancer patients are diagnosed at a late stage and are not eligible for surgery. Radiotherapy is one of the most important modalities in esophageal cancer treatment. Here we reviewed the advances in esophageal cancer radiotherapy and radiotherapy-based combined-modality therapy, such as optimization of radiation dose and target volume, application of precise radiotherapy technique and the integration of radiotherapy with chemotherapy and targeted therapy.

  16. Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt vs endoscopic therapy in preventing variceal rebleeding

    Hui Xue; Meng Zhang; Jack XQ Pang; Fei Yan; Ying-Chao Li; Liang-Shan Lv; Jia Yuan


    AIM:To compare early use of transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) with endoscopic treatment (ET) for the prophylaxis of recurrent variceal bleeding.METHODS:In-patient data were collected from 190 patients between January 2007 and June 2010 who suffured from variceal bleeding.Patients who were older than 75 years; previously received surgical treatment or endoscopic therapy for variceal bleeding; and complicated with hepatic encephalopathy or hepatic cancer,were excluded from this research.Thirty-five cases lost to follow-up were also excluded.Retrospective analysis was done in 126 eligible cases.Among them,64 patients received TIPS (TIPS group) while 62 patients received endoscopic therapy (ET group).The relevant data were collected by patient review or telephone calls.The occurrence of rebleeding,hepatic encephalopathy or other complications,survival rate and cost of treatment were compared between the two groups.RESULTS:During the follow-up period (median,20.7and 18.7 mo in TIPS and ET groups,respectively),rebleeding from any source occurred in 11 patients in the TIPS group as compared with 31 patients in the ET group (Kaplan-Meier analysis and log-rank test,P=0.000).Rebleeding rates at any time point (6 wk,1year and 2 year) in the TIPS group were lower than in the ET group (Bonferroni correction o' =o/3).Eight patients in the TIPS group and 16 in the ET group died with the cumulative survival rates of 80.6% and 64.9%(Kaplan-Meier analysis and log-rank test x2=4.864,P =0.02),respectively.There was no significant difference between the two groups with respect to 6-wk survival rates (Bonferroni correction a' =a/3).However,significant differences were observed between the two groups in the 1-year survival rates (92% and 79%) and the 2-year survival rates (89% and 64.9%)(Bonferroni correction a' =o/3).No significant differences were observed between the two treatment groups in the occurrence of hepatic encephalopathy (12 patients in TIPS

  17. Submucosal electrocoagulation for prolapsed hemorrhoids:a new operative approach to hemorrhoidal varices



    Full Text Available The results of submucosal electrocoagulation (SEC, a new radical operation for prolapsed hemorrhoids, in 403 patients with third- or fourth-degree hemorrhoids are reported. After resecting the anal skin tags that coexisted with prolapsed hemorrhoids, the hemorrhoidal varices could be resected and electrically coagulated through the wound without cutting the anal canal epithelium by using a fine needle-type electric knife. The results of this series indicated that SEC could dramatically reduce the incidence of the postoperative complications that sometimes occur after conventional hemorrhoid-ectomy, such as severe anal pain, massive anal bleeding and anal stenosis. Moreover, SEC could ensure that operated patients make an early return to social activities and have a satisfactory quality of life. Relapse of prolapsed hemorrhoids after SEC was rare.

  18. Extensive gastric varices demonstrated by technetium-99m red blood cell scintigraphy

    Shih, W.J.; Domstad, P.A.; Loh, F.G.; Pulmano, C.


    An alcohol abuse patient complicated by chronic pancreatitis had splenic vein thrombosis leading to gastric varices and underwent abdominal Tc-99m red blood cell scintigraphy. First pass study, sequential images up to 1 hour, and a 2.5 hour image showed abnormal radioactivity in the left side of the abdomen and midabdomen. In 24 hour images, the high level of activity in the left side persisted; in addition, there was accumulation of radioactivity in the cecum, ascending, transverse colon, the splenic flexure, and descending colon. A splenectomy was performed and during the surgical procedure, a large dilated vein in the greater omentum was noted. It is reemphasized that delayed imaging up to 24 hours is important when the results of earlier images are equivocal or negative.

  19. Breast varices: imaging findings of an unusual presentation of collateral pathways in superior vena caval syndrome

    Oezdemir, Ayseguel E-mail:; Ilgit, Erhan T.; Konus, Oeznur L.; Cetin, Meltem; Oezsunar, Yelda


    Imaging findings are presented of an unusual pathway of collateral circulation consisting of bilateral and diffuse dilated breast veins from a patient with long standing superior vena caval syndrome. The main importance of this case is the extent of the collateral development through the breast veins, serving as the major pathway of collateral circulation. Identification of this unusual collateral development, which resembles breast varices, was performed with contrast-enhanced chest CT scans, digital subtraction venography, color Doppler ultrasonography, and mammographic studies. Collateral development was secondary to a long segment idiopathic venous occlusion involving bilateral subclavian and brachiocephalic veins as well as vena cava superior. We conclude that dilated breast veins when detected on any imaging modality should raise the suspicion of central venous obstruction.

  20. Eosinophilic esophagitis: A newly established cause of dysphagia

    Yan, Brian M; Shaffer, Eldon A.


    Eosinophilic esophagitis has rapidly become a recognized entity causing dysphagia in young adults. This review summarizes the current knowledge of eosinophilic esophagitis including the epidemiology, clinical presentation, diagnostic criteria, pathophysiology, treatment, and prognosis. An extensive search of PubMed/Medline (1966-December 2005) for available English literature in humans for eosinophilic esophagitis was completed. Appropriate articles listed in the bibliographies were also atta...

  1. Strategies to improve the outcome of esophagectomy for esophageal cancer

    Boone, J.


    Esophageal cancer is the 8th most common type of malignancy in the world. For the past decades the incidence of esophageal cancer has rapidly increased, particularly due to a rise in adenocarcinoma of the esophagus. Yet, worldwide the incidence of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) is highest

  2. Translational Research on Esophageal Cancer: From Cell Line to Clinic

    J.J. Boonstra (Jurjen)


    textabstractWorldwide esophageal cancer is a signifi cant and an increasing health problem. In 2005, there were 497,700 new cases, and the prevalence is expected to increase by approximately 140% by 2025. Esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) accounts for most of the cases of esophageal cancer w

  3. Does adding variceal status to the Child–Turcotte–Pugh score improve its performance in predicting mortality in cirrhosis?

    Fan, Xiaoli; Wen, Maoyao; Shen, Yi; Wang, Wanqin; Yang, Xiaoxue; Yang, Li


    Abstract The Child–Turcotte–Pugh (CTP) score is widely used worldwide to predict outcomes across a broad spectrum of liver diseases, mainly cirrhosis. Portal hypertension and variceal bleed are significant causes of morbidity and mortality in cirrhotic patients, although the variceal status is not incorporated into the classical CTP score. We sought to determine whether the inclusion of variceal status, specifically the Child–Turcotte–Pugh–Kumar (CTPK) score, would improve the utility of the classical CTP score to predict the clinical outcomes of cirrhotic patients in a single but high-volume center in China. We retrospectively analyzed the records of 253 patients from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014 and performed follow-up for at least 12 months. The CTPK score and the CTP score were obtained as soon as possible after the patient's admission. Telephone follow-up was performed to assess survival situations. At 3 and 12 months, the cumulative number of deaths was 9.1% (n = 23) and 13.8% (n = 35), respectively. In the multivariate Cox proportional hazards models, the CTPK score was independently associated with death within 3 and 12 months after adjusting for potential confounders. The predictive ability related to the 2 scores was evaluated by the area under the receiver operating characteristic curve (AUC-ROC) respectively. At 3 months of enrollment, the AUCs of CTPK and CTP were 0.814 and 0.838, respectively. At 12 months of enrollment, the AUCs of CTPK and CTP were 0.825 and 0.840, respectively. No significant difference between time points was observed. Both the CTPK score and the CTP score displayed prognostic value in cirrhotic patients, as the Kaplan–Meier analysis showed that the CTPK score could clearly discriminate patients in the intermediate term (P < 0.001). The CTPK score provides reliable prediction of mortality in Chinese cirrhotic patients for both short-term and medium-term prognoses, although it is not superior to the CTP

  4. Does adding variceal status to the Child-Turcotte-Pugh score improve its performance in predicting mortality in cirrhosis?

    Fan, Xiaoli; Wen, Maoyao; Shen, Yi; Wang, Wanqin; Yang, Xiaoxue; Yang, Li


    The Child-Turcotte-Pugh (CTP) score is widely used worldwide to predict outcomes across a broad spectrum of liver diseases, mainly cirrhosis. Portal hypertension and variceal bleed are significant causes of morbidity and mortality in cirrhotic patients, although the variceal status is not incorporated into the classical CTP score. We sought to determine whether the inclusion of variceal status, specifically the Child-Turcotte-Pugh-Kumar (CTPK) score, would improve the utility of the classical CTP score to predict the clinical outcomes of cirrhotic patients in a single but high-volume center in China.We retrospectively analyzed the records of 253 patients from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014 and performed follow-up for at least 12 months. The CTPK score and the CTP score were obtained as soon as possible after the patient's admission. Telephone follow-up was performed to assess survival situations.At 3 and 12 months, the cumulative number of deaths was 9.1% (n = 23) and 13.8% (n = 35), respectively. In the multivariate Cox proportional hazards models, the CTPK score was independently associated with death within 3 and 12 months after adjusting for potential confounders. The predictive ability related to the 2 scores was evaluated by the area under the receiver operating characteristic curve (AUC-ROC) respectively. At 3 months of enrollment, the AUCs of CTPK and CTP were 0.814 and 0.838, respectively. At 12 months of enrollment, the AUCs of CTPK and CTP were 0.825 and 0.840, respectively. No significant difference between time points was observed. Both the CTPK score and the CTP score displayed prognostic value in cirrhotic patients, as the Kaplan-Meier analysis showed that the CTPK score could clearly discriminate patients in the intermediate term (P < 0.001).The CTPK score provides reliable prediction of mortality in Chinese cirrhotic patients for both short-term and medium-term prognoses, although it is not superior to the CTP score. Therefore, the CTP

  5. Long-term result of endoscopic Histoacryl(r) (N-butyl-2-cyanoacrylate) injection for treatment of gastric varices

    Eun Jung Kang; Young Deok Cho; Hong Soo Kim; Boo Sung Kim; Soung Won Jeong; Jae Young Jang; Joo Young Cho; Sae Hwan Lee; Hyun Gun Kim; Sang Gyune Kim; Young Seok Kim; Young Koog Cheon


    AIM: To evaluate the long-term efficacy and safety of endoscopic obliteration with Histoacryl(R) for treatment of gastric variceal bleeding and prophylaxis. METHODS: Between January 1994 and March 2010 at SoonChunHyang University Hospital, a total of 127 patients with gastric varices received Histoacryl(R) injections endoscopically. One hundred patients underwent endoscopic Histoacryl(R) injections because of variceal bleeding, the other 27 patients received such injections as a prophylactic procedure. RESULTS: According to Sarin classification, 56 patients were GOV1, 61 patients were GOV2 and 10 patients were IGV. Most of the varices were large (F2 or F3, 111 patients). The average volume of Histoacryl(R) per each session was 1.7 ± 1.3 cc and mean number of sessions was 1.3 ± 0.6. (1 session-98 patients, 2 sessions-25 patients, ≥ 3 sessions-4 patients). Twenty-seven patients with high risk of bleeding (large or fundal or RCS+ or Child C) received Histoacryl(R) injection as a primary prophylactic procedure. In these patients, hepatitis B virus was the major etiology of cirrhosis, 25 patients showed GOV1 or 2 (92.6%) and F2 or F3 accounted for 88.9% (n = 24).The rate of initial hemostasis was 98.4% and recurrent bleeding within one year occurred in 18.1% of patients.Successful hemostasis during episodes of rebleeding was achieved in 73.9% of cases. Median survival was 50 mo (95% CI 30.5-69.5). Major complications occurred in 4patients (3.1%). The rebleeding rate in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma or GOV2 was higher than in those with other conditions. None of the 27 subjects who were treated prophylactically experienced treatment-related complications. Cumulative survival rates of the 127 patients at 6 mo, 1, 3, and 5 years were 92.1%, 84.2%,64.2%, and 45.3%, respectively. The 6 mo cumulative survival rate of the 27 patients treated prophylactically was 75%.CONCLUSION: Histoacryl(R) injection therapy is an effective treatment for gastric varices and also

  6. [Definition of accurate planning target volume margins for esophageal cancer radiotherapy].

    Lesueur, P; Servagi-Vernat, S


    More than 4000 cases of esophagus neoplasms are diagnosed every year in France. Radiotherapy, which can be delivered in preoperative or exclusive with a concomitant chemotherapy, plays a central role in treatment of esophagus cancer. Even if efficacy of radiotherapy no longer has to be proved, the prognosis of esophagus cancer remains unfortunately poor with a high recurrence rate. Toxicity of esophageal radiotherapy is correlated with the irradiation volume, and limits dose escalation and local control. Esophagus is a deep thoracic organ, which undergoes cardiac and respiratory motion, making the radiotherapy delivery more difficult and increasing the planning target volume margins. Definition of accurate planning target volume margins, taking into account the esophagus' intrafraction motion and set up margins is very important to be sure to cover the clinical target volume and restrains acute and late radiotoxicity. In this article, based on a review of the literature, we propose planning target volume margins adapted to esophageal radiotherapy.

  7. Multidisciplinary approach for patients with esophageal cancer

    Victoria M Villaflor; Marco E Allaix; Bruce Minsky; Fernando A Herbella; Marco G Patti


    Patients with esophageal cancer have a poor prognosis because they often have no symptoms until their disease is advanced.There are no screening recommendations for patients unless they have Barrett's esophagitis or a significant family history of this disease.Often,esophageal cancer is not diagnosed until patients present with dysphagia,odynophagia,anemia or weight loss.When symptoms occur,the stage is often stage Ⅲ or greater.Treatment of patients with very early stage disease is fairly straight forward using only local treatment with surgical resection or endoscopic mucosal resection.The treatment of patients who have locally advanced esophageal cancer is more complex and controversial.Despite multiple trials,treatment recommendations are still unclear due to conflicting data.Sadly,much of our data is difficult to interpret due to many of the trials done have included very heterogeneous groups of patients both histologically as well as anatomically.Additionally,studies have been underpowered or stopped early due to poor accrual.In the United States,concurrent chemoradiotherapy prior to surgical resection has been accepted by many as standard of care in the locally advanced patient.Patients who have metastatic disease are treated palliatively.The aim of this article is to describe the multidisciplinary approach used by an established team at a single high volume center for esophageal cancer,and to review the literature which guides our treatment recommendations.

  8. Esophageal surgery in minimally invasive era


    The widespread popularity of new surgical technologiessuch as laparoscopy, thoracoscopy and robotics has ledmany surgeons to treat esophageal diseases with thesemethods. The expected benefits of minimally invasive surgery (MIS) mainly include reductions of postoperativecomplications, length of hospital stay, and pain andbetter cosmetic results. All of these benefits couldpotentially be of great interest when dealing with theesophagus due to the potentially severe complicationsthat can occur after conventional surgery. Moreover,robotic platforms are expected to reduce many of thedifficulties encountered during advanced laparoscopicand thoracoscopic procedures such as anastomoticreconstructions,accurate lymphadenectomies, andvascular sutures. Almost all esophageal diseases areapproachable in a minimally invasive way, includingdiverticula, gastro-esophageal reflux disease, achalasia,perforations and cancer. Nevertheless, while the limitsof MIS for benign esophageal diseases are mainlytechnical issues and costs, oncologic outcomes remainthe cornerstone of any procedure to cure malignancies,for which the long-term results are critical. Furthermore,many of the minimally invasive esophageal operationsshould be compared to pharmacologic interventionsand advanced pure endoscopic procedures; such acomparison requires a difficult literature analysis andleads to some confounding results of clinical trials. Thisreview aims to examine the evidence for the use of MISin both malignancies and more common benign diseaseof the esophagus, with a particular emphasis on futuredevelopments and ongoing areas of research.

  9. 2011 update on esophageal achalasia

    Seng-Kee Chuah; Pin-I Hsu; Keng-Liang Wu; Deng-Chyang Wu; Wei-Chen Tai; Chi-Sin Changchien


    There have been some breakthroughs in the diagnosis and treatment of esophageal achalasia in the past few years.First,the introduction of high-resolution manometry with pressure topography plotting as a new diagnostic tool has made it possible to classify achalasia into three subtyPes.The most favorable outcome is predicted for patients receiving treatment for type Ⅱ achalasia (achalasia with compression).Patients with type I (classic achalasia) and type Ⅲ achalasia (spastic achalasia) experience a less favorable outcome.Second,the first multicenter randomized controlled trial published by the European Achalasia Trial group reported 2-year follow-up results indicating that laparoscopic Heller myotomy was not superior to endoscopic pneumatic dilation (PD).Although the follow-up period was not long enough to reach a convincing conclusion,it merits the continued use of PD as a generally available technique in gastroenterology.Third,the novel endoscopic technique peroral endoscopic myotomy is a promising option for treating achalasia,but it requires increased experience and cautious evaluation.Despite all this good news,the bottom line is a real breakthrough from the basic studies to identify the actual cause of achalasia that may impede treatment success is still anticipated.

  10. Neoadjuvant Treatment for Esophageal Cancer

    PaulM.Schneider; HuanXi; StephanE.Baldus; JanBrabender; RalfMetzger


    Because the conflicting data currently available from the performed randomized trials it is very difficult to provide strict guidelines for the treatment of patients with locoregional advanced esophageal cancers. Surgery however, remains the standard of care for potentially resectable disease. Preoperative chemotherapy is still controversial with two large randomized trials resulting in two different conclusions regarding the survival benefit. Preoperative chemoradiation is also controversial since only one randomized trial showed a clear survival benefit however, the patients treated with surgery alone in this trial had an unusually poor outcome. And the study by Urba et al was not powered enough to show a clear survival benefit for patients treated with neoadjuvant chemoradiation. The results of three metaanalysis of these randomized studies show lower rate of resection, higher rate of R0-resection, more often postoperative mortality and better prognosis for patients with neoadjuvant radiochemotherapy. As a consequence one may consider offering neoadjuvant chemotherapy or neoadjuvant radiochemotherapy to patients with locallyadvanced disease under the premise that patients have a good performance status and understand the controversies about this therapeutic option. Larger trials with sufficient power to clearly detect survival benefits for patients treated with neoadjuvant chemotherapy or radiochemotherapy are necessary before this therapeutic option will be the standard of care.

  11. Esophageal stent migration leads to intestinal obstruction

    Oguzhan Karatepe


    Full Text Available Background: Self-expanding metallic stents are the devices of choice in the treatment of malign or benign strictures of esophagus. Stent migration is a well-known complication of this procedure. Aims: We report a case of intestinal obstruction caused by esophageal stent migration, in which surgical intervention was used. Methods: A 65-year-old woman, who had a medical history of gastric cancer operation and esophageal stent application admitted to our emergeny department with a 48-hour history of abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. An emergeny laparotomy was performed and the migrated stent leading to intestinal obstruction was removed. Results: The patient recovered without incident and was discharged on postoperative day 3. Conclusion: This case illustrates that esophageal stent migration has to be considered as a potential life-threatening complication.

  12. Minimally invasive surgery for esophageal cancer.

    Santillan, Alfredo A; Farma, Jeffrey M; Meredith, Kenneth L; Shah, Nilay R; Kelley, Scott T


    Esophageal cancer represents a major public health problem worldwide. Several minimally invasive esophagectomy (MIE) techniques have been described and represent a safe alternative for the surgical management of esophageal cancer in selected centers with high volume and expertise in them. This article reviews the most recent and largest series evaluating MIE techniques. Recent larger series have shown MIE to be equivalent in postoperative morbidity and mortality rates to conventional surgery. MIE has been associated with less blood loss, less postoperative pain, and decreased intensive care unit and hospital length of stay compared with conventional surgery. Despite limited data, conventional surgery and MIE have shown no significant difference in survival, stage for stage. The myriad of MIE techniques complicates the debate of defining the optimal surgical approach for treating esophageal cancer. Randomized controlled trials comparing MIE with conventional open esophagectomy are needed to clarify the ideal procedure with the lowest postoperative morbidity, best quality of life after surgery, and long-term survival.

  13. Repeated pancreatitis-induced splenic vein thrombosis leads to intractable gastric variceal bleeding: A case report and review.

    Tang, Shan-Hong; Zeng, Wei-Zheng; He, Qian-Wen; Qin, Jian-Ping; Wu, Xiao-Ling; Wang, Tao; Wang, Zhao; He, Xuan; Zhou, Xiao-Lei; Fan, Quan-Shui; Jiang, Ming-De


    Gastric varices (GV) are one of the most common complications for patients with portal hypertension. Currently, histoacryl injection is recommended as the initial treatment for bleeding of GV, and this injection has been confirmed to be highly effective for most patients in many studies. However, this treatment might be ineffective for some types of GV, such as splenic vein thrombosis-related localized portal hypertension (also called left-sided, sinistral, or regional portal hypertension). Herein, we report a case of repeated pancreatitis-induced complete splenic vein thrombosis that led to intractable gastric variceal bleeding, which was treated by splenectomy. We present detailed radiological and pathological data and blood rheology analysis (the splenic artery - after a short gastric vein or stomach vein - gastric coronary vein - portal vein). The pathophysiology can be explained by the abnormal direction of blood flow in this patient. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case for which detailed pathology and blood rheology data are available.

  14. EVS vs TIPS shunt for gastric variceal bleeding in patients with cirrhosis:A meta-analysis

    Ming; Bai; Xing-Shun; Qi; Zhi-Ping; Yang; Kai-Chun; Wu; Dai-Ming; Fan; Guo-Hong; Han


    AIM: To evaluate the clinical effects of transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) vs endoscopic variceal sclerotherapy (EVS) in the management of gastric variceal (GV) bleeding in terms of variceal rebleeding, hepatic encephalopathy (HE), and survival by meta-analysis.METHODS: Medline, Embase, and CNKI were searched. Studies compared TIPS with EVS in treating GV bleeding were identified and included according to our predefined inclusion criteria. Data were extracted independently by two of our authors. Studies with prospective randomized design were considered to be of high quality. Hazard ratios (HRs) or odd ratios(ORs) were calculated using a fixed-effects model when there was no inter-trial heterogeneity. Oppositely, a random-effects model was employed.RESULTS: Three studies with 220 patients who had at least one episode of GV bleeding were included in the present meta-analysis. The proportions of patients with viral cirrhosis and alcoholic cirrhosis were 39% (range 0%-78%) and 36% (range 12% to 41%), respectively. The pooled incidence of variceal rebleeding in the TIPS group was significantly lower than that in the EVS group (HR = 0.3, 0.35, 95% CI: 0.17-0.71, P = 0.004). However, the risk of the development of any degree of HE was significantly increased in the TIPS group (OR = 15.97, 95% CI: 3.61-70.68). The pooled HR of survival was 1.26(95% CI: 0.76-2.09, P = 0.36). No inter-trial heterogeneity was observed among these analyses. CONCLUSION: The improved effect of TIPS in the prevention of GV rebleeding is associated with an increased risk of HE. There is no survival difference between the TIPS and EVS groups. Further studies are needed to evaluate the survival benefit of TIPS in cirrhotic patients with GV bleeding.

  15. An Unusual Case of Gastrointestinal Bleeding from Isolated Gallbladder Varices in a Patient with Pancreatic Cancer Complicated by Portal Biliopathy

    Mahir Gachabayov


    Full Text Available Portal biliopathy is the complex of abnormalities of extrahepatic and intrahepatic bile ducts, cystic duct, and gallbladder, arising as a result of extrahepatic portal vein obstruction and noncirrhotic portal fibrosis, which can be caused by coagulopathies, tumors, inflammation, postoperative complications, dehydration, and neonatal umbilical vein catheterization. We report a case of a 55-year-old male patient with the history of pancreatic cancer and cholecystoenteric anastomosis presenting with gastrointestinal bleeding from gallbladder varices via the anastomosis.

  16. Eosinophilic esophagitis in adults: An update

    Monjur Ahmed


    Eosinophilic esophagitis is a worldwide chronic allergic disease of the esophagus.In the last decade,there is an epidemic of this entity in the western world.Mostly seen in children and young adults,patients present with dysphagia or food impaction in the emergency room.Characteristic endoscopic findings,esophageal eosinophilia and non-responsiveness to proton pump inhibitors help make the diagnosis.Avoidance of foodallergens,administration of steroidal anti-inflammatory medications and dilation of the esophagus are the mainstays of treatment.Investigations are ongoing for mucosal healing and optimum maintenance treatment.

  17. Esophageal papilloma: Flexible endoscopic ablation byradiofrequency

    Gianmattia del Genio; Federica del Genio; Pietro Schettino; Paolo Limongelli; Salvatore Tolone; Luigi Brusciano; Manuela Avellino; Chiara Vitiello; Giovanni Docimo; Angelo Pezzullo; Ludovico Docimo


    Squamous papilloma of the esophagus is a rare benignlesion of the esophagus. Radiofrequency ablation is anestablished endoscopic technique for the eradication ofBarrett esophagus. No cases of endoscopic ablation ofesophageal papilloma by radiofrequency ablation (RFA)have been reported. We report a case of esophagealpapilloma successfully treated with a single sessionof radiofrequency ablation. Endoscopic ablation ofthe lesion was achieved by radiofrequency using anew catheter inserted through the working channelof endoscope. The esophageal ablated tissue wasremoved by a specifically designed cup. Completeablation was confirmed at 3 mo by endoscopy withbiopsies. This case supports feasibility and safety of asa new potential indication for BarrxTM RFA in patientswith esophageal papilloma.

  18. Avoiding complications in esophageal cancer surgery

    Mortensen, Michael Bau


    Modern handling of esophageal cancer patients is based on a multidisciplinary concept, but surgery remains the primary curative treatment modality. Improvements in the perioperative care have reduced the overall morbidity and mortality, but 2-7% of the patients may still die within 30 days...... as a direct consequence of complications related to the esophagectomy procedure. Primarily based on results from randomized studies published after 2000 this review describes some of the factors that may contribute to the development of postoperative complications following esophageal cancer surgery as well...

  19. Esophageal web in Plummer-Vinson syndrome.

    Okamura, H; Tsutsumi, S; Inaki, S; Mori, T


    In Plummer-Vinson syndrome, esophagography often reveals a web at the anterior wall of the cervical esophagus. The pathogenesis of the esophageal web and the cause of dysphagia in this syndrome were investigated radiographically, endoscopically, manometrically, and histologically. It was considered that the web seen in the esophagogram may have been formed due to the restriction of dilation of the esophageal wall, which results from repetitive inflammation and the subsequent healing process. Dysphagia in this syndrome may be explained by a decrease in swallowing power. Iron deficiency anemia may play the main role in the above histological changes and the resulting decrease in swallowing power.

  20. Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt in patients with active variceal bleeding due to portal hypertension and portal vein thrombosis

    Shin, Hyun Woong; Ryeom, Hun Kyu; Lee, Sang Kwon; Lee, Jong Min; Kim, Young Sun; Suh, Kyung Jin; Kim, Tae Hun; Kim, Yong Joo [Kyungpook National Univ. College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    To evaluate the feasibility and efficacy of transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) in patients with active variceal bleeding due to liver cirrhosis and pre-existing portal vein thrombosis. Of a total of 123 patients who underwent TIPS, 14 patients with intractable variceal bleeding due to portal hypertension and portal vein thrombosis were included in this study. Noncavernomatous portal vein occlusion was seen in eight patients, and complete portal vein occlusion with cavernomatous trans-formation in six. For all patients, the methods used for TIPS placement were the same as those used in patients with patents portal veins. In seven of eight patients with noncavernomatous occlusion, right hepatic vein-right portal vein shunting was performed; in one with knoncavernomatous occlusion, a shunt was created between the right hepatic and left portal vein. In five of six patients with cavernomatous occlusion, the right hepatic and main portal vein were connected via a collateral vein. The procedures were technically successful in all except one patient. Immediate hemostatis was achieved after all technically successful procedures, and no significant complications were encountered. Minor complications were noted in six patients (three biliary tree punctures, one transperitoneal puncture, one splenic vein perforation, one hepatic subcapsular hematoma). TIPS is a technically feasible and hemodynamically effective procedure, even in patients with active variceal bleeding due to cirrhosis and complete portal vein occlusion.

  1. Expression of heat shock protein 27 in the esophageal tissue of rats with reflux esophagitis

    ZHENG Chao-xu; WANG Zhuo-qing; LIN Wei-bin; CHU Zhong-hua; CHEN Liu-hua; JI Zhuang-qi


    Background Little attention has been paid to the expression of heat shock protein 27 (HSP27) in patients with reflux esophagitis (RE), and few studies of the importance of HSP27 in esophagitis have been carried out in animal models.This study aimed to explore the expression of HSP27 in the esophageal tissue of rats with RE. Methods Eighty female Wistar rats were randomly divided into experimental groups A and B and control groups C and D (n=20 in each group). To establish RE, rats in the two experimental groups received pylorus and forestomach ligations,while rats in the control group received gastrostomy and gastric perforation repair. The rats in groups A and C were sacrificed 7 days after surgery, and the rats in groups B and D were sacrificed 14 days after surgery. In groups A and B,10 and 8 rats were diagnosed with RE by pathological examination, respectively (they were included in groups A' and B',respectively). The histopathological diagnosis of all the lower esophageal tissues in groups C and D was normal and 20normal specimens were randomly selected for groups C and D' with 10 specimens in each group. Macroscopic and microscopic esophagitis scores were assessed for the specimens in groups A' and B'. Lower esophageal tissues were collected from groups A', B', C, and D', and paraffin-embedded slices were made using part of the tissues. The expression of HSP27 in the tissues was detected using the two-step streptavidin-peroxidase immunohistochemical method. Some collected tissues were frozen, and expressions of HSP27 mRNA were detected using fluorescence quantitative polymerase chain reaction (FQ-PCR). Results Median macroscopic and microscopic esophagitis scores in groups A' (n=10) and B' (n=8) were 1.0 and 1.5,and 2.0 and 2.5, respectively. There were no significant differences in the macroscopic or microscopic esophagitis scores between the two groups (Z=-0.330, P=0.741; Z=-0.142, P=0.887, respectively). Immunohistochemical staining showed that HSP27 was

  2. Pseudoepitheliomatous hyperplasia mimicking esophageal squamous cell carcinoma in a patient with lye-induced esophageal stricture.

    Han, Jang Soo; Lee, Sang Woo; Suh, Kang Heum; Kim, Seung Young; Hyun, Jong Jin; Jung, Sung Woo; Koo, Ja Seol; Yim, Hyung Joon


    Pseudoepitheliomatous hyperplasia is a benign condition that may be caused by prolonged inflammation, chronic infection, and/or neoplastic conditions of the mucous membranes or skin. Due to its histological resemblance to well-differentiated squamous cell carcinoma, pseudoepitheliomatous hyperplasia may occasionally be misdiagnosed as squamous cell carcinoma. The importance of pseudoepitheliomatous hyperplasia is that it is a self-limited condition that must be distinguished from squamous cell carcinoma before invasive treatment. We report here on a rare case of esophageal pseudoepitheliomatous hyperplasia in a 67-year-old Korean woman with a lye-induced esophageal stricture. Although esophageal pseudoepitheliomatous hyperplasia is infrequently encountered, pseudoepitheliomatous hyperplasia should be considered in the differential diagnosis of esophageal lesions.

  3. Diagnosis of esophageal motility disorders: esophageal pressure topography vs. conventional line tracing


    OBJECTIVES: Enhanced characterization of esophageal peristaltic and sphincter function provided by esophageal pressure topography (EPT) offers a potential diagnostic advantage over conventional line tracings (CLT). However, high-resolution manometry (HRM) and EPT require increased equipment costs over conventional systems and evidence demonstrating a significant diagnostic advantage of EPT over CLT is limited. Our aim was to investigate whether the inter-rater agreement and/or accuracy of eso...

  4. Hospitalization for esophageal achalasia in the United States

    Daniela; Molena; Benedetto; Mungo; Miloslawa; Stem; Anne; O; Lidor


    AIM: To assess the outcome of different treatments in patients admitted for esophageal achalasia in the United States.METHODS: This is a retrospective analysis using the Nationwide Inpatient Sample over an 8-year period(2003-2010). Patients admitted with a primary diagnosis of achalasia were divided into 3 groups based on their treatment:(1) Group 1: patients who underwent Heller myotomy during their hospital stay;(2) Group 2: patients who underwent esophagectomy; and(3) Group 3: patients not undergoing surgical treatment. Primary outcome was in-hospital mortality. Secondary outcomes included length of stay(LOS), discharge destination and total hospital charges.RESULTS: Among 27141 patients admitted with achalasia, nearly half(48.5%) underwent Heller myotomy, 2.5% underwent esophagectomy and 49.0% had endoscopic or other treatment. Patients in group 1 were younger, healthier, and had the lowest mortality when compared with the other two groups. Group 2 had the highest LOS and hospital charges among all groups. Group 3 had the highest mortality(1.2%, P < 0.001) and the lowest home discharge rate(78.8%) when compared to the other groups. The most frequently performed procedures among group 3 were esophageal dilatation(25.9%) and injection(13.3%). Among patients who died in this group the most common associated morbidities included acute respiratory failure, sepsis and aspiration pneumonia. CONCLUSION: Surgery for achalasia carries exceedingly low mortality in the modern era; however, in complicated patients, even less invasive treatments are burdened bysignificant mortality and morbidity.

  5. Esophageal Granular Cell Tumor and Eosinophilic Esophagitis: Two Interesting Entities Identified in the Same Patient

    Alfredo J. Lucendo


    Full Text Available We illustrate the case of a 41-year-old male with allergic manifestations since childhood. He sought medical attention for intermittent, progressive dysphagia from which he had been suffering for a number of years, having felt the sensation of a retrosternal lump and a self-limited obstruction to the passage of food. Endoscopy detected a submucosal tumor in the upper third of the esophagus, which was typified, via biopsy, as a granular cell tumor with benign characteristics and probably responsible for the symptoms. Two years later, the patient sought medical attention once again as these symptoms had not abated, hence digestive endoscopy was repeated. This revealed stenosis of the junction between the middle and lower thirds of the organ which had not been detected previously but was passable under gentle pressure. Eosinophilic esophagitis was detected after biopsies were taken. Esophageal manometry identified a motor disorder affecting the esophageal body. Following three months of treatment using fluticasone propionate applied topically, the symptoms went into remission, esophageal stenosis disappeared and the esophageal biopsies returned to normal. This is the first documented case of the link between granular cell tumors and Eosinophilic esophagitis, two different disorders which could cause dysphagia in young patients.

  6. Fibroscan与肝硬化食道静脉曲张程度相关%Fibroscan Associated with Degree of Cirrhosis Esophageal Varices

    沈群; 胡晨波


    目的 研究Fibroscan在判定食道静脉曲张程度中的应用效果方法选取2013年6月~9月我院收治的乙型肝炎后肝硬化患者101例,均进行FS及食道吞钡检查结果无食管静脉曲张FS值为(19.3±9.1)kPa,轻度食管静脉曲张患者FS值为(28.3±12.3)kPa,中度食管静脉曲张患者FS值为(39.9±17.6)kPa,重度食管静脉曲张FS值为(48.7±21.3)kPa FS值随食管静脉曲张程度的增加而增加,且差异具有统计学意义(P<0.05)结论FS值在判定乙型肝炎患者食道静脉曲张程度中效果显著.

  7. Production and Evaluation of Esophageal Varices in Dogs with Portal Hypertension%食管静脉曲张犬模型的制备及评价

    卢焕元; 刘浔阳; 尹朝晖; 黄飞舟; 任树平; 李瑞珍



  8. Percutaneous transhepatic obliteration and percutaneous transhepatic sclerotherapy for intractable hepatic encephalopathy and gastric varices improves the hepatic function reserve.

    Ishikawa, Toru; Imai, Michitaka; Ko, Masayoshi; Sato, Hiroki; Nozawa, Yujiro; Sano, Tomoe; Iwanaga, Akito; Seki, Keiichi; Honma, Terasu; Yoshida, Toshiaki


    Percutaneous transhepatic obliteration (PTO) and percutaneous transhepatic sclerotherapy (PTS) are widely performed as an emergency measure in cases of variceal hemorrhage and intractable hepatic encephalopathy. The PTO/PTS technique is capable of directly blocking the blood supply in cases in which balloon-occluded retrograde transvenous obliteration (B-RTO) is not effective, or in cases with complicated collateral flow. Although PTO/PTS is not currently the first choice due to the invasiveness of transhepatic puncture, this procedure can modify the blood flow in an antegrade manner. The present study examined the changes in hepatic function reserve following PTO/PTS for intractable hepatic encephalopathy and/or gastric varices. In total, the study included 37 patients (mean age, 61.75±12.77 years; age range, 32-88 years; male to female ratio, 23:14) with a variety of gastrorenal shunts, or B-RTO-intractable hepatic encephalopathy and gastric varices without gastrorenal shunts. The patients underwent PTO/PTS by embolizing a microcoil or injection of a sclerosing agent (5% ethanolamine oleate iopamidol). Alterations in hepatic function reserve prior to and following the procedure were compared. The patients were treated for hepatic encephalopathy in 11 patients, gastric varices in 19 patients, and both conditions in 7 patients. The results indicated that the blood ammonia level improved from 135.76±75.23 mg/dl to 88.00±42.16 and 61.81±33.75 mg/dl at 3 and 6 months after therapy, respectively. In addition, the Child-Pugh score improved from 8.48±2.01 prior to therapy to 7.70±1.84 and 7.22±2.01 at 3 and 6 months after the procedure, respectively. Although there was a concern that PTO/PTS may cause complications due to an increase in portal venous pressure (PVP) arising from shunt occlusion, no severe complications were observed. In conclusion, for patients with various gastrorenal shunts or those with B-RTO-intractable hepatic encephalopathy and gastric

  9. Histomorphological and Immunophenotypic Features of Pill-Induced Esophagitis.

    Ji Won Kim

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to investigate histomorphological and immunophenotypic features in pill-induced esophagitis. We comparatively evaluated the histomorphological, immunophenotypic features of pill-induced esophagitis vs. reflux esophagitis, as well as clinical information and endoscopic findings. Fifty-two tissue pieces from 22 cases of pill-induced esophagitis, 46 pieces from 20 reflux esophagitis, and 16 pieces from 14 control samples were subjected to immunohistochemistry for inflammatory infiltrates (CD3 for T lymphocyte, CD20 for B lymphocyte, CD56 for NK cell, CD68 for macrophage, CD117 for mast cell and eosinophil chemotaxis-associated proteins (Erk, leptin, leptin receptor, pSTAT3, phospho-mTOR. As a result, Histomorphology showed that a diffuse pattern of dilated intercellular spaces was more frequently observed in pill-induced esophagitis, while reactive atypia and subepithelial papillary elongation were more often found in reflux esophagitis (P < 0.05, respectively. Interestingly, intraepithelial eosinophilic microabscess, intraepithelial pustule and diffuse pattern of dilated intercellular spaces were observed in 14% (3 cases, 9% (2 cases and 32% (7 cases of pill-induced esophagitis, respectively, but in no cases of reflux esophagitis. Regarding intraepithelial inflammatory infiltrates in pill-induced esophagitis, T lymphocytes were the most common cells, followed by eosinophil; 11 and 7 in one x400 power field, respectively. Intraepithelial pSTAT3-positive pattern was more frequently observed in pill-induced esophagitis than in reflux esophagitis, at 45% (10 cases versus 10% (2 cases, respectively (P < 0.05. Considering the distal esophageal lesion only, intraepithelial pustule, diffuse dilated intercellular spaces and stromal macrophages were more frequently found in distal pill-induced esophagitis, whereas reactive atypia and intraepithelial mast cells in reflux esophagitis (P < 0.05, respectively. In conclusion, diffuse

  10. Esophageal testing: What we have so far


    Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a commondisorder of the gastrointestinal tract. In the last fewdecades, new technologies have evolved and havebeen applied to the functional study of the esophagus,allowing for the improvement of our knowledge of thepathophysiology of GERD. High-resolution manometry(HRM) permits greater understanding of the function ofthe esophagogastric junction and the risks associatedwith hiatal hernia. Moreover, HRM has been found tobe more reproducible and sensitive than conventionalwater-perfused manometry to detect the presenceof transient lower esophageal sphincter relaxation.Esophageal 24-h pH-metry with or without combinedimpedance is usually performed in patients withnegative endoscopy and reflux symptoms who havea poor response to anti-reflux medical therapy toassess esophageal acid exposure and symptom-refluxcorrelations. In particular, esophageal 24-h impedanceand pH monitoring can detect acid and non-acid refluxevents. EndoFLIP is a recent technique poorly appliedin clinical practice, although it provides a large amountof information about the esophagogastric junction.In the coming years, laryngopharyngeal symptomscould be evaluated with up and coming non-invasive orminimally invasive techniques, such as pepsin detectionin saliva or pharyngeal pH-metry. Future studies arerequired of these techniques to evaluate their diagnostic accuracy and usefulness, although the available dataare promising.

  11. Stent placement for esophageal strictures : an update

    Hirdes, Meike Madeleine Catharine; Vleggaar, Frank Paul; Siersema, Peter Derk


    The use of stents for esophageal strictures has evolved rapidly over the past 10 years, from rigid plastic tubes to flexible self-expanding metal (SEMS), plastic (SEPS) and biodegradable stents. For the palliative treatment of malignant dysphagia both SEMS and SEPS effectively provide a rapid relief

  12. Esophageal achalasia in adolescence - two case reports

    Inês Vaz Silva


    Full Text Available Introduction: Achalasia is a rare disorder, particularly in pediatrics, characterized by esophageal aperistalsis and inadequate relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter. Its etiology remains unclear. Cases: We describe two adolescents with dysphagia for solids and liquids, vomiting, weight loss and nocturnal cough for a few months. Initially it was considered to be an eating disorder, and the diagnosis of achalasia was reached later by esophageal manometry in one case and by intraoperative biopsy in another. The patients were submitted to Heller myotomy with an antireflux procedure, laparoscopically in one case, and by laparotomy in another, both with a favorable outcome. Discussion/Conclusions: We emphasize the rarity and diagnostic challenge of these cases. The nonspecific symptoms often lead to the diagnosis of an eating disorder, delaying the correct treatment. If symptoms persist achalasia must be considered and the esophageal manometry is the diagnostic test of choice. The gold standard in treatment is surgical, and we highlight the effectiveness of the techniques applied.

  13. Axial force measurement for esophageal function testing

    Flemming H Gravesen; Peter Funch-Jensen; Hans Gregersen; Asbjφrn Mohr Drewes


    The esophagus serves to transport food and fluid from the pharynx to the stomach. Manometry has been the "golden standard" for the diagnosis of esophageal motility diseases for many decades. Hence, esophageal function is normally evaluated by means of manometry even though it reflects the squeeze force (force in radial direction) whereas the bolus moves along the length of esophagus in a distal direction. Force measurements in the longitudinal (axial) direction provide a more direct measure of esophageal transport function. The technique used to record axial force has developed from external force transducers over in-vivo strain gauges of various sizes to electrical impedance based measurements. The amplitude and duration of the axial force has been shown to be as reliable as manometry. Normal, as well as abnormal, manometric recordings occur with normal bolus transit, which have been documented using imaging modalities such as radiography and scintigraphy. This inconsistency using manometry has also been documented by axial force recordings. This underlines the lack of information when diagnostics are based on manometry alone. Increasing the volume of a bag mounted on a probe with combined axial force and manometry recordings showed that axial force amplitude increased by 130% in contrast to an increase of 30% using manometry. Using axial force in combination with manometry provides a more complete picture of esophageal motility, and the current paper outlines the advantages of using this method.

  14. Axial force measurement for esophageal function testing.

    Gravesen, Flemming H; Funch-Jensen, Peter; Gregersen, Hans; Drewes, Asbjørn Mohr


    The esophagus serves to transport food and fluid from the pharynx to the stomach. Manometry has been the "golden standard" for the diagnosis of esophageal motility diseases for many decades. Hence, esophageal function is normally evaluated by means of manometry even though it reflects the squeeze force (force in radial direction) whereas the bolus moves along the length of esophagus in a distal direction. Force measurements in the longitudinal (axial) direction provide a more direct measure of esophageal transport function. The technique used to record axial force has developed from external force transducers over in-vivo strain gauges of various sizes to electrical impedance based measurements. The amplitude and duration of the axial force has been shown to be as reliable as manometry. Normal, as well as abnormal, manometric recordings occur with normal bolus transit, which have been documented using imaging modalities such as radiography and scintigraphy. This inconsistency using manometry has also been documented by axial force recordings. This underlines the lack of information when diagnostics are based on manometry alone. Increasing the volume of a bag mounted on a probe with combined axial force and manometry recordings showed that axial force amplitude increased by 130% in contrast to an increase of 30% using manometry. Using axial force in combination with manometry provides a more complete picture of esophageal motility, and the current paper outlines the advantages of using this method.

  15. Esophageal testing: What we have so far.

    de Bortoli, Nicola; Martinucci, Irene; Bertani, Lorenzo; Russo, Salvatore; Franchi, Riccardo; Furnari, Manuele; Tolone, Salvatore; Bodini, Giorgia; Bolognesi, Valeria; Bellini, Massimo; Savarino, Vincenzo; Marchi, Santino; Savarino, Edoardo Vincenzo


    Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a common disorder of the gastrointestinal tract. In the last few decades, new technologies have evolved and have been applied to the functional study of the esophagus, allowing for the improvement of our knowledge of the pathophysiology of GERD. High-resolution manometry (HRM) permits greater understanding of the function of the esophagogastric junction and the risks associated with hiatal hernia. Moreover, HRM has been found to be more reproducible and sensitive than conventional water-perfused manometry to detect the presence of transient lower esophageal sphincter relaxation. Esophageal 24-h pH-metry with or without combined impedance is usually performed in patients with negative endoscopy and reflux symptoms who have a poor response to anti-reflux medical therapy to assess esophageal acid exposure and symptom-reflux correlations. In particular, esophageal 24-h impedance and pH monitoring can detect acid and non-acid reflux events. EndoFLIP is a recent technique poorly applied in clinical practice, although it provides a large amount of information about the esophagogastric junction. In the coming years, laryngopharyngeal symptoms could be evaluated with up and coming non-invasive or minimally invasive techniques, such as pepsin detection in saliva or pharyngeal pH-metry. Future studies are required of these techniques to evaluate their diagnostic accuracy and usefulness, although the available data are promising.

  16. Early detection and determinants of esophageal cancer

    Bus, P.


    Barrett’s esophagus (BE) is a premalignant condition of the esophagus and characterized by the metaplastic replacement of esophageal squamous epithelium by specialized intestinal-type columnar epithelium. A BE diagnosis is based on endoscopy and histological examination of biopsies taken during endo



    Objective To investigate the diagnostic value of miniprobe ultrasonography (MPS) in the protruding lesions of esophagus. Methods Sixty-two patients with protruding lesions of esophagus were examined with MPS. Results The MPS examination showed diseases of esophageal polyp, inflammatory protruding, esophageal leiomyoma, esophageal leiomyosarcoma, esophageal venous aneurysm, esophageal lipoma, esophageal cyst, esophageal carcinoma, and extra esophageal compression including aorta compression, lung tumor compression and spina compression. Fourteen patients were verified by surgical operations and pathological examinations, resulting in 92.86% (13/14) diagnosis accuracy rate. Forty-eight cases had results of gastroscope examination consistent with that of MPS. Twelve cases had results of CT and MRI examination consistent with that of MPS. Follow-up was completed on 22 patients. Conclusion Besides imaging the esophageal layer, MPS can precisely locate the histological layer of the esophageal protruding lesions and predict their characters. This indicates its value in the diagnosis and differential diagnosis of the protruding lesions of esophagus. Furthermore, the miniature probe used in MPS examination can pass the structured esophagus, enabling wider application of the examination.

  18. Effect of age on proximal esophageal response to swallowing

    Roberto Oliveira Dantas


    Full Text Available CONTEXT: It has been demonstrated that the ageing process affects esophageal motility. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effect of the age on the proximal esophageal response to wet swallows. METHOD: We measured the proximal esophageal response to swallows of a 5 mL bolus of water in 69 healthy volunteers, 20 of them aged 18-30 years (group I, 27 aged 31-50 years (group II, and 22 aged 51-74 years (group III. We used the manometric method with continuous perfusion. The proximal esophageal contractions were recorded 5 cm from a pharyngeal recording site located 1 cm above the upper esophageal sphincter. The time between the onset of the pharyngeal and of the proximal esophageal recording (pharyngeal-esophageal time and the amplitude, duration and area under the curve of the proximal esophageal contraction were measured. RESULTS: The pharyngeal-esophageal time was shorter in group I subjects than in group II and III subjects (P<0.05. The duration of proximal esophageal contractions was longer in group I than in groups II and III (P<0.001. There was no differences between groups in the amplitude or area under the curve of contractions. There were no differences between groups II and III for any of the measurements. CONCLUSION: We conclude that the age may affects the response of the proximal esophagus to wet swallows.

  19. Restenosis following balloon dilation of benign esophageal stenosis

    Ying-Sheng Cheng; Ming-Hua Li; Ren-Jie Yang; Hui-Zhen Zhang; Zai-Xian Ding; Qi-Xin Zhuang; Zhi-Ming Jiang; Ke-Zhong Shang


    AIM: To elucidate the mechanism of restenosis following balloon dilation of benign esophageal stenosis.METHODS: A total of 49 rats with esophageal stenosis were induced in 70 rats using 5 ml of 50 % sodium hydroxide solution and the double-balloon method, and an esophageal restenosis (RS) model was developed by esophageal stenosis using dilation of a percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) balloon catheter. These 49 rats were divided into two groups: rats with benign esophageal stricture caused by chemical burn only (control group, n=21) and rats with their esophageal stricture treated with balloon catheter dilation (experimental group, n=28). Imaging analysis and immunohistochemistry were used for both quantitative and qualitative analyses of esophageal stenosis and RS formation in the rats, respectively.RESULTS: Cross-sectional areas and perimeters of the esophageal mucosa layer, muscle layer, and the entire esophageal layers increased significantly in the experimental group compared with the control group. Proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) was expressed on the 5th day after dilation, and was still present at 1 month. Fibronectin (FN)was expressed on the 1st day after dilation, and was still present at 1 month.CONCLUSION: Expression of PCNA and FN plays an important role in RS after balloon dilation of benign esophageal stenosis.

  20. Magnetic compression anastomosis as a nonsurgical treatment for esophageal atresia

    Zaritzky, Mario [Hospital de Ninos de La Plata, Department of Radiology, Buenos Aires (Argentina); University of Chicago Medical Center, Department of Radiology, Chicago, IL (United States); Ben, Ricardo [Hospital de Ninos de La Plata, Department of Gastroenterology, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Zylberg, Gaston I.; Yampolsky, Brian [Hospital de Ninos de La Plata, Department of Radiology, Buenos Aires (Argentina)


    We describe a unique technique to promote a nonsurgical esophageal anastomosis with magnets in children with esophageal atresia. To evaluate the efficacy of magnetic lengthening of atretic esophageal ends to produce an anastomosis and to communicate our results after more than 2 years of follow-up. Between September 2001 and March 2004, five children were selected for treatment. Two of the children had esophageal atresia without fistula (type A) and three had atresia with fistula converted to type A surgically; however, surgeons failed to achieve an anastomosis because of the width of the gap. Neodymium-iron-boron magnets were used. Daily chest radiographs were taken until union of the magnets was observed. They were then replaced with an orogastric tube. Anastomosis was achieved in all patients in an average of 4.8 days. One patient, with signs of early sepsis, was successfully treated with antibiotics. In four of the five patients, esophageal stenosis developed. At the time of this report, two patients were free of treatment and on an oral diet (after 26 months), two patients required periodic balloon dilatation, and one patient had recently undergone surgery due to recurrent esophageal stenosis not amenable to balloon dilatation. Magnetic esophageal anastomosis is a feasible method in selected patients with esophageal atresia. Esophageal anastomosis was achieved in all patients. The only observed complication of significance was esophageal stenosis. One patient needed surgery because of stenosis. (orig.)

  1. Contrast-enhanced MR angiography for differentiation between perigastric and submucosal gastric fundal varices; Kontrastmittelverstaerkte MR-Angiographie zur Differenzierung zwischen perigastrischen und submukoesen Fundusvarizen des Magens

    Willmann, J.K.; Boehm, T.; Lutz, A.M.; Goepfert, K.; Marincek, B.; Weishaupt, D. [Inst. fuer Diagnostische Radiologie, Universitaetsspital Zuerich (Switzerland); Bauerfeind, P. [Abt. fuer Gastroenterologie, Universitaetsspital Zuerich (Switzerland)


    Purpose: To evaluate contrast-enhanced MR angiography for the distinction between perigastric and submucosal fundal varices. Materials and Methods: Nineteen consecutive patients with clinically suspected fundal varices underwent contrast-enhanced MR angiography and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) within one week. Diagnostic confidence for the detection of perigastric and submucosal fundal varices was compared between MR angiography (two radiologists) and EUS (one gastroenterologist), and the agreement of size and location was evaluated. Results: Both MR angiography and EUS detected perigastric varices in all 19 patients and submucosal fundal varices in 14 of the 19 patients. The interobserver reliability of MR angiography was good for measuring the variceal diameter ({kappa} = 0.76) and excellent for localizing the varices ({kappa} = 1.0). EUS and MR angiography agreed in 12 of 14 patients (86%) in determining variceal diameter and location. Conclusions: Contrast-enhanced MR angiography is comparable to endoscopic ultrasound in the detection and characterization of gastric fundal varices. (orig.) [German] Fragestellung: Das Ziel dieser Studie war es, die kontrastmittelverstaerkte MR-Angiographie bei der Diagnose von Fundusvarizen des Magens, insbesondere bei der Differenzierung von perigastrischen und submukoesen Fundusvarizen mit dem endoskopischen Ultraschall (EUS) zu vergleichen. Methoden: Neunzehn Patienten mit klinischem Verdacht auf Fundusvarizen wurden prospektiv in die Studie eingeschlossen und innerhalb einer Woche mittels kontrastmittelverstaerkter MR-Angiographie und EUS untersucht. Die Uebereinstimmungen zwischen MR-Angiographie (Radiologe 1 und 2) und EUS (1 Gastroenterologe) bei der diagnostischen Sicherheit bezueglich der Diagnose perigastrischer und submukoeser Fundusvarizen sowie bei der Groessen- und Lokalisationsbestimmung submukoeser Fundusvarizen wurden untersucht. Ergebnisse: Sowohl bezueglich der Diagnose perigastrischer (19/19 Patienten) als

  2. Esophageal Cancer in Iran: A Review

    Siavosh Nasseri-Moghaddam


    Full Text Available Esophageal cancer is the second and third most common malignancy in Iranian malesand females, respectively, claiming lives of approximately 5800 Iranians each year.Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC is presently the most common type accounting forabout 90% of all esophageal cancers in Iran. Recent studies have shown that there isa gradual increase in the incidence of adenocarcinoma of the distal esophagus alongwith gastric cardia adenocarcinoma. Thirty-five years ago, the age standardizied rate (ASR of esophageal SCC in thecity of Gonbad (Golestan Province, northeast of Iran was found to be one of the highestrates for any single cancer that had been reported worldwide (ASR >100/105/year.Recent studies have shown that the incidence of SCC in Gonbad has declined to lessthan half of what it was in the past. This decline in the incidence of esophageal SCCparallels an improvement in the socioeconomic situation of people living in thisregion. According to recent cancer registry data in Iran there is still an obviousintracountry variability between the incidence of esophageal cancer in the south withan ASR of 3 for males and 2 for females in Kerman and 43 and 36 in the northeasternprovince of Golestan. The reasons for this very high rate of SCC in northeastern Iranhave been the subject of several studies during the past 35 years. According to resultsof these studies the suspected risk factors are: low intake of fruits and vegetables, drinkinghot tea, consumption of opium products and tobacco, H.pyloriinfection in the stomach,using unhealthy drinking water from cisterns and genetic susceptibility. The mainsuspected mutagens are polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH and N-nitrosocompounds. In order to embark primary and secondary prevention of this fatal cancer,further prospective studies are presently underway in the region. The Golestanesophageal cancer cohort study which follows of 50,000 subjects is on going. We expectsimple and feasible evidence based

  3. Esophageal Manometry in Patients with Chest Pain and Normal Coronary Arteriogram.

    Ferguson, S C; Hodges, K; Hersh, T; Jinich, H


    Evaluation of the esophagus is helpful in determining the source of chest pain. Eighteen per cent of 72 patients with a normal coronary angiogram had esophageal disease as a source of chest pain. Eight had diffuse esophageal spasm, four had reflux esophagitis and one had an esophageal ulcer. Five of eight patients with diffuse esophageal spasm had relief of symptoms with nitroglycerin. Despite normal coronary arteriogram and normal esophageal manometry 42 of 49 other patients had relief of chest pain with nitroglycerin.

  4. EGD - esophagogastroduodenoscopy

    ... the liver, to look for swollen veins (called varices) in the walls of the lower part of ... the result of: Celiac disease Esophageal rings Esophageal varices (swollen veins in the lining of the esophagus ...

  5. Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Rhei Rhizoma and Coptidis Rhizoma Mixture on Reflux Esophagitis in Rats

    O Jun Kwon


    Full Text Available The purpose of this study was to investigate the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects of the combined extract of Rhei rhizoma and Coptidis rhizoma (RC-mix in experimental model of acute reflux esophagitis. The antioxidant activity was assessed by in vitro 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH and 2,2′-azino-bis(3-ethylbenzothiazoline-6-sulfonic acid (ABTS assays. RC-mix was given at 100, 200, and 400 mg/kg body weight 2 h prior to induction of reflux esophagitis (RE. After 5 h, the effects of RC-mix treated rats were compared with those of normal and control rats. The representative flavonoid contents of RC-mix, such as sennoside A, epiberberine, coptisine, palmatine, and berberine, were detected using HPLC. The elevated esophageal mucosa damage was markedly ameliorated by RC-mix treatment in a dose-dependent manner. Furthermore, the administration of RC-mix reduced the increase of serum reactive oxygen species (ROS and peroxynitrite (ONOO−. The improvement of superoxide dismutase (SOD and heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1 levels were marked in the group given RC-mix. Moreover, the elevation of inflammatory mediators and cytokines by nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-κB activation in control rats decreased by RC-mix pretreatment. These results indicate that RC-mix treatment reduces the pathological states of esophagitis via regulating NF-κB mediated inflammation related to oxidative stress.

  6. Management of gastric fundal varices without gastro-renal shunt in 15 patients

    Natsuhiko Kameda; Yasuhiro Fujiwara; Kenji Nakamura; Tetsuo Arakawa; Kazuhide Higuchi; Masatsugu Shiba; Kaori Kadouchi; Hirohisa Machida; Hirotoshi Okazaki; Tetsuya Tanigawa; Toshio Watanabe; Kazunari Tominaga


    AIM: To examine the portal hemodynamics of gastric fundal varices (GV) without gastro-renal shunt (GRS), and to retrospectively investigate the effects of various kinds of treatment on eradication. METHODS: Ninety-four liver cirrhosis patients at high- risk of GV were treated in our hospital and enrolled in this study. We retrospectively examined their characteristics, liver function, and portal hemodynamics of GV. We performed balloon-occluded retrograde transvenous obliteration (BRTO) at first. If it was not technically possible to perform BRTO, endoscopic injection sclerotherapy using α-cyanoacrylate glue (CA) or percutaneous transhepatic obliteration (PTO) was performed. RESULTS: Among the 94 patients, a GRS was present in 79 (84.0%), and absent in the remaining 15 (16.0%). The subphrenic vein was connected to the inferior vena cava as the drainage vein in 13 (86.7%) out of the 15 cases without GRS. We performed BRTO in 6 patients, CA in 4 patients and PTO in 5 patients. The eradication rate was 100% for each procedure, but the rate of early recurrence within 6 mo was 16.7% for BRTO, 50.0% for CA and 40.0% for PTO, respectively. CONCLUSION: We should examine the hemodynamics before treatment of GV irrespective of the existence of GRS. If this hemodynamic examination reveals that the drainage vein connects directly to the inferior vena cava in GV without GRS, BRTO may be an effective treatment for GV with GRS.

  7. Severe gastric variceal haemorrhage due to splenic artery thrombosis and consecutive arterial bypass

    Wasmuth Hermann E


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Upper gastrointestinal haemorrhage is mainly caused by ulcers. Gastric varicosis due to portal hypertension can also be held responsible for upper gastrointestinal bleeding. Portal hypertension causes the development of a collateral circulation from the portal to the caval venous system resulting in development of oesophageal and gastric fundus varices. Those may also be held responsible for upper gastrointestinal haemorrhage. Case presentation In this study, we describe the case of a 69-year-old male with recurrent severe upper gastrointestinal bleeding caused by arterial submucosal collaterals due to idiopathic splenic artery thrombosis. The diagnosis was secured using endoscopic duplex ultrasound and angiography. The patient was successfully treated with a laparoscopic splenectomy and complete dissection of the short gastric arteries, resulting in the collapse of the submucosal arteries in the gastric wall. Follow-up gastroscopy was performed on the 12th postoperative week and showed no signs of bleeding and a significant reduction in the arterial blood flow within the gastric wall. Subsequent follow-up after 6 months also showed no further gastrointestinal bleeding as well as subjective good quality of life for the patient. Conclusion Submucosal arterial collaterals must be excluded by endosonography via endoscopy in case of recurrent upper gastrointestinal bleeding. Laparoscopic splenectomy provides adequate treatment in preventing any recurrent bleeding, if gastric arterial collaterals are caused by splenic artery thrombosis.

  8. Small pelvic varices as a cause of pathospermia and ways of its correction

    A. Yu. Tsukanov


    Full Text Available Eighty patients (mean age 33.0 ± 6.2 years with idiopathic pathospermia were enrolled in the investigation. The infertility period averaged 18.8 ± 3.9 years. The patients were made up of two groups: 1 51 patients who had the signs of small pelvic varices (SPV (a study group and 2 29 patients with no signs of SPV (a comparison group, and 34 healthy volunteers also participated in the investigation. The study group was randomized to 2 subgroups: 1 phlebotropic therapy only (n = 26; 2 phlebotropic therapy in combination with AndroDoz (n = 25. The comparison group used AndroDoz only. The treatment cycle was 3 months. Analysis was made by the results of a spermogram, biochemical examination of the ejaculate, resistive index, pulsatility index, peak blood flow velocity in the intraprostatic arteries, diameter of small pelvic veins, and their reflux. Subgroup 1 of the study group showed statistically significant differences in all parameters, other than hemodynamic ones. The greatest changes were noted in subgroup 2 of the study group; there were significant changes in all the parameters.

  9. Celiac Node Failure Patterns After Definitive Chemoradiation for Esophageal Cancer in the Modern Era

    Amini, Arya [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States); UC Irvine School of Medicine, Irvine, California (United States); Xiao Lianchun [Department of Biostatistics, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States); Allen, Pamela K. [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States); Suzuki, Akihiro; Hayashi, Yuki [Department of Gastrointestinal Medical Oncology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States); Liao, Zhongxing [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States); Hofstetter, Wayne [Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States); Crane, Christopher; Komaki, Ritsuko [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States); Bhutani, Manoop S.; Lee, Jeffrey H.; Ajani, Jaffer A. [Department of Gastrointestinal Medical Oncology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States); Welsh, James, E-mail: [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States)


    Purpose: The celiac lymph node axis acts as a gateway for metastatic systemic spread. The need for prophylactic celiac nodal coverage in chemoradiation therapy for esophageal cancer is controversial. Given the improved ability to evaluate lymph node status before treatment via positron emission tomography (PET) and endoscopic ultrasound, we hypothesized that prophylactic celiac node irradiation may not be needed for patients with localized esophageal carcinoma. Methods and Materials: We reviewed the radiation treatment volumes for 131 patients who underwent definitive chemoradiation for esophageal cancer. Patients with celiac lymph node involvement at baseline were excluded. Median radiation dose was 50.4 Gy. The location of all celiac node failures was compared with the radiation treatment plan to determine whether the failures occurred within or outside the radiation treatment field. Results: At a median follow-up time of 52.6 months (95% CI 46.1-56.7 months), 6 of 60 patients (10%) without celiac node coverage had celiac nodal failure; in 5 of these patients, the failures represented the first site of recurrence. Of the 71 patients who had celiac coverage, only 5 patients (7%) had celiac region relapse. In multivariate analyses, having a pretreatment-to-post-treatment change in standardized uptake value on PET >52% (odds ratio [OR] 0.198, p = 0.0327) and having failure in the clinical target volume (OR 10.72, p = 0.001) were associated with risk of celiac region relapse. Of those without celiac coverage, the 6 patients that later developed celiac failure had a worse median overall survival time compared with the other 54 patients who did not fail (median overall survival time: 16.5 months vs. 31.5 months, p = 0.041). Acute and late toxicities were similar in both groups. Conclusions: Although celiac lymph node failures occur in approximately 1 of 10 patients, the lack of effective salvage treatments and subsequent low morbidity may justify prophylactic treatment

  10. Esophageal clearance scintigraphy in, diabetic patients; A preliminary study

    Karayalcin, B.; Karayalcin, U.; Aburano, Tamio; Nakajima, Kenichi; Hisada, Kinichi; Morise, Toshio; Okada, Toshihide; Takeda, Ryoyu (Kanazawa Univ. (Japan). School of Medicine)


    The aim of this preliminary study was to evaluate the predictive value of esophageal clearance scintigraphy (ECS) in the diagnosis of esophageal autonomic neuropathy in diabetic patients without any esophageal symptoms. A single swallon ECS was performed in 12 diabetic patients and 15 normal volunteers, and esophageal transit time (ETT) and esophageal (Es) T 1/2 values were calculated. ETT and Es 1/2 were found to be significantly prolonged in the diabetic group (p<0.01 and p<0.05, respectively). In this preliminary study, our results strongly suggest that ECS may be an important noninvasive diagnostic tool in the evaluation of diabetic patients with asymptomatic esophageal autonomic neuropathy. (author).

  11. Detection of esophageal ulcerations with technetium-99m albumin sucralfate

    Goff, J.S.; Adcock, K.A.; Schmelter, R.


    Technetium-99m albumin-sucralfate ((/sup 99m/Tc)Su) can be used to demonstrate peptic ulcer disease in man and animals. We evaluated the usefulness of (/sup 99m/Tc)Su for detecting various grades of esophagitis. (/sup 99m/Tc)Su adhered to the distal esophagus for up to 3 hr in five of six patients with esophageal ulcers but adhered to only two of nine with lesser degrees of esophagitis. No adherence was seen in five patients without esophagitis. Thus, (/sup 99m/Tc)Su may not be useful for detecting any but the most severe grade of esophagitis. Based on these results, we speculate that the previously documented beneficial effects of sucralfate on mild to moderate esophagitis may be due to other mechanisms besides adherence to the ulcerated mucosa.

  12. Epidemiologic differences in esophageal cancer between Asian and Western populations

    Han-Ze Zhang; Guang-Fu Jin; Hong-Bing Shen


    Esophageal cancer is a common cancer worldwide and has a poor prognosis.The incidence of esophageal squamous cell cancer has been decreasing,whereas the incidence of esophageal adenocarcinoma has been increasing rapidly,particularly in Western men.Squamous cell cancer continues to be the major type of esophageal cancer in Asia,and the main risk factors include tobacco smoking,alcohol consumption,hot beverage drinking,and poor nutrition.In contrast,esophageal adenocarcinoma predominately affects the whites,and the risk factors include smoking,obesity,and gastroesophageal reflux disease.In addition,Asians and Caucasians may have different susceptibilities to esophageal cancer due to different heritage backgrounds.However,comparison studies between these two populations are limited and need to be addressed in the near future.Ethnic differences should he taken into account in preventive and clinical practices.

  13. Digestive Tract


    9.1 Esophagus2007219 A comparative study on the diagnosis of esophageal and gastric varices between multislice spiral CT portography and endoscopy. Jin Yong(靳勇), et al. Dept Radiol, Ruijin Hosp, Shanghai Jiaotong Univ, Shanghai 200025. Chin J Dig 2007;27(2):78-82. Objectives To investigate the diagnosis of esophageal and gastric varices between multi-slice spiral (MS) CT portography and endoscopy. Methods Fifty-seven patients clinically diagnosed with portal hypertension were underwent MSCT portography by LightSpeed 16 CT scanner. The endoscopic examinations were also carried out in those patients within 3 days. Results The CT portography revealed that 51 patients with esophageal or gastric varices, including 39 patients with both gastric fundal varices and esophagus varix, 9 patients with only esophageal varices, 3 patients with gastric body and gastric fundal varices. While 46 patients were found by endoscopy to have esophageal or gastric varices, including 24 patients with both esophageal and gastric varices, 5 patients with only gastric varices and 17 patients with only esophageal varices. Conclusion The MSCT portography can clearly demonstrate the esophageal and gastric fundal varices, as well as major collateral vessels in portal hypertension patients. There was a certain false positivity in MSCT portography, and they can be used as supplement tests to endoscopy in the diagnosis of esophageal varices. The MSCT portography was more sensitive than endoscopy in diagnosis of gastric varices, and could visualize the para esophageal and para-gastric varices that were not visible to the endoscopy.

  14. Esophageal space-occupying lesion caused by Ascaris lumbricoides

    Zheng,Ping-Ping; Wang, Bing-Yuan; Wang, Fei(Physics Department, Zhengzhou University, Henan, 450001, China); Ao, Ran; Wang, Ying


    Ascaris lumbricoides is the largest intestinal nematode parasite of man, which can lead to various complications because of its mobility. As the esophagus is not normal habitat of Ascaris, the report of esophageal ascariasis is rare. An old female presented with dysphagia after an intake of several red bean buns and haw jellies. The barium meal examination revealed a spherical defect in the lower esophagus. Esophageal bezoar or esophageal carcinoma was considered at the beginning. The patient...

  15. The prevention and treatment countermeasure of gastric varices%胃静脉曲张的预防和治疗对策

    王虹; 顾而立


    胃静脉曲张(gastric varices,GV)按照其分布可以分为胃食管静脉曲张(gastroesophageal varices,GOV)和孤立性胃静脉曲张(isolated gastric varices,IGV).GV的发生率虽然低于食管静脉曲张,但往往出血量大、凶险而不易控制.本文结合国际最新文献对近年GV出血的各种预防和治疗手段作一概述,包括急性出血、预防再出血和初级预防,并提供GV的优化处理策略,包括药物治疗、内镜和放射治疗.

  16. Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy for nutritional palliation of upper esophageal cancer unsuitable for esophageal stenting

    Ana Grilo


    Full Text Available CONTEXT: Esophageal cancer is often diagnosed at an advanced stage and has a poor prognosis. Most patients with advanced esophageal cancer have significant dysphagia that contributes to weight loss and malnutrition. Esophageal stenting is a widespread palliation approach, but unsuitable for cancers near the upper esophageal sphincter, were stents are poorly tolerated. Generally, guidelines do not support endoscopic gastrostomy in this clinical setting, but it may be the best option for nutritional support. OBJECTIVE: Retrospective evaluation of patients with dysphagia caused advanced esophageal cancer, no expectation of resuming oral intake and with percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy for comfort palliative nutrition. METHOD: We selected adult patients with unresecable esophageal cancer histological confirmed, in whom stenting was impossible due to proximal location, and chemotherapy or radiotherapy were palliative, using gastrostomy for enteral nutrition. Clinical and nutritional data were evaluated, including success of gastrostomy, procedure complications and survival after percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy, and evolution of body mass index, albumin, transferrin and cholesterol. RESULTS: Seventeen males with stage III or IV squamous cell carcinoma fulfilled the inclusion criteria. Mean age was 60.9 years. Most of the patients had toxic habits. All underwent palliative chemotherapy or radiotherapy. Gastrostomy was successfully performed in all, but nine required prior dilatation. Most had the gastrostomy within 2 months after diagnosis. There was a buried bumper syndrome treated with tube replacement and four minor complications. There were no cases of implantation metastases or procedure related mortality. Two patients were lost and 12 died. Mean survival of deceased patients was 5.9 months. Three patients are alive 6, 14 and 17 months after the gastrostomy procedure, still increasing the mean survival. Mean body mass index and laboratory

  17. Esophageal motility disorders; Motilitaetsstoerungen des Oesophagus

    Hannig, C.; Rummeny, E. [Klinikum rechts der Isar der Technischen Universitaet Muenchen, Institut fuer Roentgendiagnostik, Muenchen (Germany); Wuttge-Hannig, A. [Gemeinschaftspraxis fuer Radiologie, Nuklearmedizin und Strahlentherapie, Muenchen (Germany)


    For the better understanding of esophageal motility, the muscle texture and the distribution of skeletal and smooth muscle fibers in the esophagus are of crucial importance. Esophageal physiology will be shortly mentioned as far as necessary for a comprehensive understanding of peristaltic disturbances. Besides the pure depiction of morphologic criteria, a complete esophageal study has to include an analysis of the motility. New diagnostic tools with reduced radiation for dynamic imaging (digital fluoroscopy, videofluoroscopy) at 4-30 frames/s are available. Radiomanometry is a combination of a functional pressure measurement and a simultaneous dynamic morphologic analysis. Esophageal motility disorders are subdivided by radiologic and manometric criteria into primary, secondary, and nonclassifiable forms. Primary motility disorders of the esophagus are achalasia, diffuse esophageal spasm, nutcracker esophagus, and the hypertonic lower esophageal sphincter. The secondary motility disorders include pseudoachalasia, reflux-associated motility disorders, functionally caused impactions, Boerhaave's syndrome, Chagas' disease, scleroderma, and presbyesophagus. The nonclassificable motility disorders (NEMD) are a very heterogeneous collective. (orig.) [German] Zum Verstaendnis der Motilitaet des Oesophagus sind muskulaere Architektur und Verteilung der quergestreiften und glatten Muskelfasern von Bedeutung. Die Physiologie des Oesophagus wird in soweit kurz dargestellt, als sie fuer das Verstaendnis von peristaltischen Stoerungen notwendig ist. Neben der Erfassung rein morphologischer Kriterien ist bei der Untersuchung der Speiseroehre eine diagnostische Bewertung der Motilitaet erforderlich. Es stehen uns heute strahlungsarme dynamische Aufzeichnungsverfahren (digitale dynamische Aufzeichnung, Videofluoroskopie) mit Bildsequenzen von 4-30 Bildern/s zur Verfuegung. Die Kombination einer funktionellen Methode zur Darstellung der Morphologie und der

  18. [A case of esophageal achalasia followed by Parkinson's disease].

    Mitani, Maki; Kawamoto, Kunihiko; Funakawa, Itaru; Jinnai, Kenji


    In 1992, a 63 year-old woman complained of dysphagia and chest pain, and was diagnosed with esophageal achalasia. Three years later, she developed resting tremor, cog-wheel rigidity, and retro-pulsion, and was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and given appropriate medication. Several years later, intractable vomitting and aspiration pneumonia developed, and the lower esophageal sphincter was dilated using a pneumatic balloon dilator under gastroscopic guidance in 2004. That procedure improved her symptoms and the esophageal dilation was visualized on chest CT images. Herein, we report this rare case of esophageal achalasia followed by Parkinson's disease and discuss the relationship between the two diseases.

  19. Aortic Pseudoaneurysm Secondary to Mediastinitis due to Esophageal Perforation

    Claudia Patricia Zuluaga


    Full Text Available Esophageal perforation is a condition associated with high morbidity and mortality rates; it requires early diagnosis and treatment. The most common complication of esophageal rupture is mediastinitis. There are several case reports in the literature of mediastinitis secondary to esophageal perforation and development of aortic pseudoaneurysm as a complication. We report the case of a patient with an 8-day history of esophageal perforation due to foreign body (fishbone with mediastinitis and aortic pseudoaneurysm. The diagnosis was made using Computed Tomography (CT with intravenous and oral water-soluble contrast material. An esophagogastroduodenoscopy did not detect the perforation.

  20. Antipsychotic-induced life-threatening 'esophageal dyskinesia'.

    Horiguchi, J; Shingu, T; Hayashi, T; Kagaya, A; Yamawaki, S; Horikawa, Y; Kitadai, Y; Inoue, M; Nishikawa, T


    We report two patients with lingual dyskinesia and complaints of food regurgitation following long-term antipsychotic therapy. Esophageal contrast radiography revealed dyskinetic movements extending from the pharynx to the upper portion of the esophagus. The elevation of intraesophageal pressure was confirmed by esophageal manometry. The dyskinetic movements almost disappeared along with improvement of lingual dyskinesia following the administration of sulpiride in one patient. Another patient suddenly died due to asphyxiation of foods before the beginning of treatment. We termed this life-threatening movement, 'esophageal dyskinesia'. It should be emphasized that 'esophageal dyskinesia' associated with lingual dyskinesia is a potentially fatal adverse reaction to antipsychotic therapy.

  1. Esophageal intramural pseudodiverticulosis characterized by barium esophagography: a case report

    O'Connor, Owen J


    Abstract Introduction Esophageal intramural pseudodiverticulosis is a rare condition characterized by the dilatation of the submucosal glands. Case presentation We present a case of esophageal intramural pseudodiverticulosis in a 72-year-old Caucasian man who presented with dysphagia and with a background history of alcohol abuse. An upper gastrointestinal endoscopy of our patient showed an esophageal stricture with abnormal mucosal appearances, but no malignant cells were seen at biopsy. Appearances on a barium esophagram were pathognomonic for esophageal intramural pseudodiverticulosis. Conclusion We demonstrate the enduring usefulness of barium esophagography in the characterization of abnormal mucosal appearances at endoscopy.

  2. Acute pancreatitis associated left-sided portal hypertension with severe gastrointestinal bleeding treated by transcatheter splenic artery embolization: a case report and literature review

    Zhi-yu LI; Bin LI; Yu-lian WU; Qiu-ping XIE


    Left-sided portal hypertension (LSPH) followed by acute pancreatitis is a rare condition with most patients being asymptomatic.In cases where gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding is present,however,the condition is more complicated and the mortality is very high because of the difficulty in diagnosing and selecting optimal treatment.A successfully treated case with severe GI bleeding by transcatheter splenic artery embolization is reported in this article.The patient exhibited severe uncontrollable GI bleeding and was confirmed as gastric varices secondary to LSPH by enhanced computed tomography (CT) scan and CT-angiography.After embolization,the bleeding stopped and stabilized for the entire follow-up period without any severe complications.In conclusion,embolization of the splenic artery is a simple,safe,and effective method of controlling gastric variceal bleeding caused by LSPH in acute pancreatitis.

  3. Acute pancreatitis associated left-sided portal hypertension with severe gastrointestinal bleeding treated by transcatheter splenic artery embolization: a case report and literature review.

    Li, Zhi-yu; Li, Bin; Wu, Yu-lian; Xie, Qiu-ping


    Left-sided portal hypertension (LSPH) followed by acute pancreatitis is a rare condition with most patients being asymptomatic. In cases where gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding is present, however, the condition is more complicated and the mortality is very high because of the difficulty in diagnosing and selecting optimal treatment. A successfully treated case with severe GI bleeding by transcatheter splenic artery embolization is reported in this article. The patient exhibited severe uncontrollable GI bleeding and was confirmed as gastric varices secondary to LSPH by enhanced computed tomography (CT) scan and CT-angiography. After embolization, the bleeding stopped and stabilized for the entire follow-up period without any severe complications. In conclusion, embolization of the splenic artery is a simple, safe, and effective method of controlling gastric variceal bleeding caused by LSPH in acute pancreatitis.

  4. Eosinophilic esophagitis-endoscopic distinguishing findings

    Ana Célia Caetano; Raquel Gon(c)alves; Carla Rolanda


    Eosinophilic esophagitis (EE) is the most frequent condition found in a group of gastrointestinal disorders called eosinophilic gastrointestinal diseases.The hypothetical pathophysiological mechanism is related to a hypersensitivity reaction.Gastroesophageal reflux disease-like complaints not ameliorated by acid blockade or occasional symptoms of dysphagia or food impaction are likely presentations of EE.Due to its unclear pathogenesis and unspecific symptoms,it is difficult to diagnose EE without a strong suspicion.Although histological criteria are necessary to diagnosis EE,there are some characteristic endoscopic features.We present the case of a healthy 55-year-old woman with dysphagia and several episodes of esophageal food impaction over the last six months.This case report stresses the most distinguishing endoscopic findings-mucosa rings,white exudative plaques and linear furrows-that can help in the prompt recognition of this condition.

  5. Eosinophilic Esophagitis in Brazilian Pediatric Patients

    Pinheiro, Mayra Isabel Correia; de Góes Cavalcanti, Luciano Pamplona; Honório, Rodrigo Schuler; de Alencar Moreno, Luís Hélder; Fortes, Mayara Carvalho; da Silva, Carlos Antônio Bruno


    We examined 11 pediatric patients with eosinophilic esophagitis with a tardy diagnosis. The symptoms were initially thought to be related to other diseases, leading to the use of inadequate therapeutic approaches. The patients were between 3 and 17 years old (mean 7.8 ± 3.8 years), and 8 of the patients were male. Common symptoms included abdominal pain, regurgitation, difficulty in gaining weight, vomiting, dysphagia, and coughing. The mean age for the onset of symptoms was 4.3 ± 2.9 years. Endoscopic findings included normal mucosa in five (45%) patients, thickening of the mucosa with longitudinal grooves in three (27%), erosive esophagitis in two (18%), and a whitish stippling in one (9%) patient. Treatment included the use of a topical corticosteroid for 10 patients. In eight (73%) cases, the treatment made the symptoms disappear. Ten patients underwent histopathological management after treatment, with a decrease in the number of eosinophils. PMID:24106430

  6. Successful tubes treatment of esophageal fistula


    Aim: To discuss the merits of "tubes treatment" for esophageal fistula (EF). Methods: A 66-year-old female who suffered from a bronchoesophageal and esophagothoratic fistula underwent a successful "three tubes treatment" (close chest drainage, negative pressure suction at the leak, and nasojejunal feeding tube), combination of antibiotics, antacid drugs and nutritional support. Another 55-year-old male patient developed an esophagopleural fistula (EPF) after esophageal carcinoma operation. He too was treated conservatively with the three tubes strategy as mentioned above towards a favorable outcome. Results:The two patients recovered with the tubes treatment, felt well and became able to eat and drink, presenting no complaint. Conclusion: Tubes treatment is an effective basic way for EF. It may be an alternative treatment option.

  7. Radiation-Induced Esophagitis Exacerbated by Everolimus

    Yuji Miura


    Full Text Available Background: Everolimus, a potent mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR inhibitor, has shown anticancer activity against various types of cancer, including renal cell carcinoma (RCC; however, little information is available on the efficacy and safety of the combination of everolimus and radiotherapy. We report a case of radiation-induced esophagitis that might have been exacerbated by the sequential administration of everolimus. Case Presentation: A 63-year-old Japanese man with RCC complained of back pain, and magnetic resonance imaging revealed vertebral metastases. He received radiotherapy (30 Gy/10 fractions to the T6-10 vertebrae. Everolimus was administered immediately after the completion of radiotherapy. One week later, he complained of dysphagia, nausea and vomiting. An endoscopic examination of the esophagus showed erosive esophagitis in the middle to lower portions of his thoracic esophagus, corresponding to the irradiation field. Conclusion: Clinicians should be aware that everolimus might lead to the unexpected exacerbation of radiation toxicities.

  8. Thoracoscopic esophagectomy for intrathoracic esophageal cancer.

    Osugi, Harushi; Takemura, Masashi; Lee, Sigeru; Nishikawa, Takayuki; Fukuhara, Kennichirou; Iwasaki, Hiroshi; Higashino, Masayuki


    Thoracoscopic approaches for esophageal cancer are still disparate. Complete scopic technique is feasible for esophagectomy. Mini-thoracotomy is effective for excellent exposure of the mediastinum for lymph node dissection. The magnifying effect of a video, by keeping the camera in close proximity to the dissection is essential to perform the same quality of dissection as open surgery. The benefit, for respiratory morbidity, remains to be studied in a large number of patients. Minimizing the chest wall injury contributed, to the reduction of constrictive pulmonary damage. Survival after the thoracoscopic approach was favorably compared with open surgery, when extensive lymphadenectomy was performed. Because the efficacy improves with the surgeon's experience, satisfactory outcome will only be obtained in a center performing a sufficient volume of esophageal surgery to provide the surgeon with opportunities to refine his necessary skills. Improvements in technique and instrumentation should make the procedure more accessible and steepen the learning curve.

  9. [Surgery in esophageal carcinoma: risks and results].

    von Flüe, M; Ackermann, C; Tondelli, P


    Surgical treatment of esophageal cancer is largely palliative. To clarify the indication it is necessary to assess the effectiveness of the palliation in relief of dysphagia and the operative risks. In a retrospective study we analyzed the perioperative morbidity and follow-up in 25 patients with carcinoma of the esophagus treated between 1984 and 1988 (5 years). With combined anesthesia, early extubation and intensive pulmonary therapy, no perioperative respiratory insufficiency was observed. Perioperative mortality was 0%. An anastomotic leak in 2 patients with a cervical anastomosis was healed in both cases by conservative management. On hospital discharge all patients were able to eat normally. 13 patients died after 1 year on average (4 months to 3 years). 12 patients are alive 6 months to 4 years after operation, 10 of them without symptoms. Our results show that with optimal perioperative management of esophageal carcinoma low morbidity is possible and good palliation of dysphagia is feasible.

  10. Esophageal Foreign Body Causing Direct Aortic Injury

    ECS Lam


    Full Text Available Foreign bodies in the esophagus are uncommon causes of esophageal perforation. Many nonperforating cases are successfully managed by flexible gastroscopy. However, complicated foreign bodies such as those that result in esophageal perforation and vascular injury are best managed surgically. Gastroscopy remains the primary method of diagnosis. A case of a 59-year-old woman who developed retrosternal and intrascapular pain, odynophagia and hematemesis after eating fish is reported. Flexible gastroscopy showed arterial bleeding from the midthoracic esophagus. Computed tomography scan localized a 3 cm fish bone perforating the esophagus with surrounding hematoma. An aortogram did not reveal an actively bleeding aortoesophageal fistula. The fish bone was surgically removed and the patient recovered with no postoperative complications. This case illustrates the importance of early consideration for surgical intervention when confronted with a brisk arterial bleed from the esophagus with suggestive history of foreign body ingestion.

  11. “Layer-to-Layer” Esophagogastric Anastomosis Combined with Intrathoracic Esophageal Mucosal Extention in Patients with Esophageal and Cardia Cancer

    SHIZhongqi; CAIPing; YANYu; CHENYinchun; LIUJunhua; YOUQinshen; CAIJixiang; XIZhongxia


    Objective: To evaluate the clinical value of intrathoracic esophagogastric “layer-to-layer” anastomosis with esophageal mucosa extended varied in plane and to study the effective methods to prevent anastomotic leaking or stricture postoperatively. Methods: From May 1985 to December 2002, 2 240 esophageal and stomach cardia cancer patients treated by intrathoracic esophagogastric “layer-to-layer”anastomosis with esophageal mucosa extended varied in plane were retrospectively analyzed. Results:There was no anastomotic leaking and severe stricture in all above cases. Conclusion: Intrathoracic esophagogastric “layer-to-layer” anastomosis with esophageal mucosal extended varied in plane is an effective method to prevent anastomotic leaking and stricture postoperatively.

  12. Long-term effects of oral propranolol on splanchnic and systemic haemodynamics in patients with cirrhosis and oesophageal varices

    Bendtsen, Flemming; Henriksen, Jens Henrik; Sørensen, T I


    % versus -17% (p less than 0.05), respectively). Azygos blood flow was significantly reduced after 1 year in the propranolol group (-47%, n = 5 (p less than 0.05)), and no obvious effect was observed in the control group (-2%, n = 4). The cardiac index decreased significantly in the propranolol group...... 1 year of treatment with propranolol, whereas a decrease in azygos blood flow was observed only in the propranolol group. The beneficial effect of propranolol on the risk of bleeding from oesophageal varices may, therefore, mostly be due to a selective decrease in collateral blood flow and thereby...

  13. Critical pitfall: varices in cancer patients mimicking lymphadenopathy; differentiation of varicose veins and enlarged lymph nodes in routine staging.

    Schubert, Tilman; Pansini, Michele; Bongartz, Georg; Niemann, Tilo


    Two patients, each with a history of multiple cancers, were referred to our institution for routine cancer staging. Contrast enhanced multislice-CT showed round and oval shaped inguinal and retroperitoneal masses in one patient and inguinal mass lesions in the other patient. The mass lesions were suspicious of lymphadenopathy related to cancer recurrence. Additional MR-Imaging, however, showed tortuous varicose veins as well as suspicious lymph nodes in one patient and solely venous convolutes in the other patient. Regarding the routine contrast enhanced CT-scan in the portovenous phase, varices showed no significant difference in radiodensity compared to enlarged lymph nodes.

  14. Benefit of combination β-blocker and endoscopic treatment to prevent variceal rebleeding: A meta-analysis

    Natalie; Funakoshi; Frédérique; Ségalas-Largey; Yohan; Duny; Frédéric; Oberti; Jean-Christophe; Valats; Michael; Bismuth; Jean-Pierre; Daurès; Pierre; Blanc


    AIM: To determine whether the association of β-blockers with endoscopic treatment is superior to endoscopic treatment alone for the secondary prophylaxis of oesophageal variceal bleeding. METHODS: Randomised controlled trials comparing sclerotherapy (SCL) with SCL plus β-blockers (BB) or banding ligation (BL) with BL plus BB were identif ied.Main outcomes were overall and 6, 12 and 24 mo rebleeding rates, as well as overall and 6, 12 and 24 mo mortality. Two statistical methods were used: Yusuf-Peto, and De...

  15. Technological advances in radiotherapy for esophageal cancer

    Milan; Vosmik; Jiri; Petera; Igor; Sirak; Miroslav; Hodek; Petr; Paluska; Jiri; Dolezal; Marcela; Kopacova


    Radiotherapy with concurrent chemotherapy and surgery represent the main treatment modalities in esophageal cancer.The goal of modern radiotherapy approaches,based on recent technological advances,is to minimize post-treatment complications by improving the gross tumor volume definition (positron emission tomography-based planning),reducing interfraction motion (image-guided radiotherapy) and intrafraction motion (respiratory-gated radiotherapy),and by better dose delivery to the precisely defined planning ...

  16. Multidisciplinary management for esophageal and gastric cancer

    Boniface MM


    Full Text Available Megan M Boniface,1 Sachin B Wani,2 Tracey E Schefter,3 Phillip J Koo,4 Cheryl Meguid,1 Stephen Leong,5 Jeffrey B Kaplan,6 Lisa J Wingrove,7 Martin D McCarter1 1Section of Surgical Oncology, Division of GI, Tumor and Endocrine Surgery, Department of Surgery, 2Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Department of Therapeutic and Interventional Endoscopy, 3Department of Radiation Oncology, 4Division of Radiology-Nuclear Medicine, Department of Radiology, 5Division of Medical Oncology, 6Department of Pathology, University of Colorado Denver, 7Department of Food and Nutrition Services, University of Colorado Hospital Cancer Center, Aurora, CO, USA Abstract: The management of esophageal and gastric cancer is complex and involves multiple specialists in an effort to optimize patient outcomes. Utilizing a multidisciplinary team approach starting from the initial staging evaluation ensures that all members are in agreement with the plan of care. Treatment selection for esophageal and gastric cancer often involves a combination of chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, and palliative interventions (endoscopic and surgical, and direct communication between specialists in these fields is needed to ensure appropriate clinical decision making. At the University of Colorado, the Esophageal and Gastric Multidisciplinary Clinic was created to bring together all experts involved in treating these diseases at a weekly conference in order to provide patients with coordinated, individualized, and patient-centered care. This review details the essential elements and benefits of building a multidisciplinary program focused on treating esophageal and gastric cancer patients. Keywords: tumor board, upper gastrointestinal malignancies, patient centered

  17. Radiotherapy of double primary esophageal carcinoma

    Ze Fen Xiao; Zong Yi Yang; Zong Mei Zhou; Wei Bo Yin; Xian Zhi Gu


    @@ INTRODUCTION Double primary esophageal carcinoma is defined as having two foci of squamous cell cancer simultaneously or consecutively developing in different sites of esophagus. This rare disease appears mostly in the literature as case reports[1-4],reports about its treatment are even more infrequent. Here we present our experiences of radiation therapy in 37 patients with this disease and focus the discussion on the optimum method of treatment and complications.

  18. Non-surgical treatment of esophageal achalasia

    Vito Annese; Gabrio Bassotti


    Esophageal achalasia is an infrequent motility disorder characterized by a progressive stasis and dilation of the oesophagus; with subsequent risk of aspiration,weight loss, and malnutrition. Although the treatment of achalasia has been traditionally based on a surgical approach, especially with the introduction of laparoscopic techniques, there is still some space for a medical approach. The present article reviews the non-surgical therapeutic options for achalasia.

  19. Medicolegal aspects of esophageal cancer surgery.

    De Giorgio, Fabio


    Forensic implications of esophageal cancer surgery are varied and complex depending on the field of specialization involved i.e. civil law, criminal law, insurance or social security and for the distinct probative requirements related to each field. The aim of this article is to reconstruct the logical procedure of a forensic doctor who actually examines a practical case to establish the profiles of professional responsibility in particular in civil or criminal law.

  20. Eosinophilic esophagitis: From pathophysiology to treatment.

    D'Alessandro, Alessandra; Esposito, Dario; Pesce, Marcella; Cuomo, Rosario; De Palma, Giovanni Domenico; Sarnelli, Giovanni


    Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) is a chronic immune disease, characterized by a dense eosinophilic infiltrate in the esophagus, leading to bolus impaction and reflux-like symptoms. Traditionally considered a pediatric disease, the number of adult patients with EoE is continuously increasing, with a relatively higher incidence in western countries. Dysphagia and food impaction represent the main symptoms complained by patients, but gastroesophageal reflux-like symptoms may also be present. Esophageal biopsies are mandatory for the diagnosis of EoE, though clinical manifestations and proton pump inhibitors responsiveness must be taken into consideration. The higher prevalence of EoE in patients suffering from atopic diseases suggests a common background with allergy, however both the etiology and pathophysiology are not completely understood. Elimination diets are considered the first-line therapy in children, but this approach appears less effective in adults patients, who often require steroids; despite medical treatments, EoE is complicated in some cases by esophageal stricture and stenosis, that require additional endoscopic treatments. This review summarizes the evidence on EoE pathophysiology and illustrates the safety and efficacy of the most recent medical and endoscopic treatments.

  1. Surgical Treatment of Perforation Esophageal Carcinoma

    Depu Duan; Jihua Zou; Zhigang Cai; Shengyong Wu; Haibo Xiao; Yiyong Zhou; Xiang Liang; Dekui Sun; Songchang Wu


    OBJECTIVE To determine the ideal method of surgical preoperative treatment for perforation with esophageal carcinoma.METHODS 36 cases of perforation with esophageal carcinoma were treated surgically in this series.Perforations occurred into the right lung in14 cases ,the mediastinum in 17 cases and trachea in 5 cases.Open thoracic surgery was performed in 34 cases,in which the right thoracic approach using a 3-incision method was applied in 16 cases,and operation by stages in 15 cases.Of the 34 cases,retrosternal substitution of the esophagus with stomach or colon was performed in 26 cases.RESULTS Surgery was successful in 31 cases and operative death occurred in 3 cases.The postoperative follow up study was from 3~72months.Of these cases 15 wree alive at 7~12 months, 2 at 24 months,and 1 at 72 months. The results can be considered satisfactory.CONCLUSION The therapeutic results of surgical treatment of perforation with esophageal carcinoma were markedly superior to that of conventional conservative treatment. The authors suggest that surgical intervention without delay should be undertaken for patients having a perforation with carcinoma of the esophagus. A right thoracic approach with a 3-incision method (retrosternal replacement of esophagus with stomach or colon) or operation by stages is preferable.

  2. Surgical treatment of giant esophageal leiomyoma

    Bang-Chang Cheng; Sheng Chang; Zhi-Fu Mao; Mao-Jin Li; Jie Huang; Zhi-Wei Wang; Tu-Sheng Wang


    AIM: To summarize the operative experiences for giant leiomyoma of esophagus.METHODS: Eight cases of giant esophageal leiomyoma (GEL) whose tumors were bigger than 10 cm were treated surgically in our department from June 1980 to March 2004.and esophagoscopy. Leiomyoma located in upper thirds of the esophagus in one case, middle thirds of the esophagus in five cases, lower thirds of the esophagus in two cases. Resection of tumors was performed successfully in all of these cases. Operative methods included transthoracic extramucosal enucleation and buttressing the muscular defect with pedicled great omental flap (one case), esophagectomy and esophagogastrostomy above the arch of aorta (three cases), total esophagectomy and esophageal replacement with colon (four cases). Histological examination confirmed that all of these cases were leiomyoma.RESULTS: All of the eight patients recovered approvingly with no mortality and resumed normal diet after operation. Vomiting during meals occurred in one patient with esophagogastrostomy, and remained 1 mo. Reflux esophagitis occurred in one patient with esophagogastrostomy and was alleviated with medication. Thoracic colon syndrome (TCS) occurred in one patient with colon replacement at 15 mo postoperatively. No recurrence occurred in follow-up from 6 mo to 8 years.CONCLUSION: Surgical treatment for GEL is both safe and effective. The choices of operative methods mainly depend on the location and range of lesions. We prefer to treat GEL via esophagectomy combined with esophagogastrostomy or esophagus replacement with colon. The long-time quality of life is better in the latter.

  3. [Minimally Invasive Treatment of Esophageal Benign Diseases].

    Inoue, Haruhiro


    As a minimally invasive treatment of esophageal achalasia per-oral endoscopic myotomy( POEM) was developed in 2008. More than 1,100 cases of achalasia-related diseases received POEM. Success rate of the procedure was more than 95%(Eckerdt score improvement 3 points and more). No serious( Clavian-Dindo classification III b and more) complication was experienced. These results suggest that POEM becomes a standard minimally invasive treatment for achalasia-related diseases. As an off-shoot of POEM submucosal tumor removal through submucosal tunnel (per-oral endoscopic tumor resection:POET) was developed and safely performed. Best indication of POET is less than 5 cm esophageal leiomyoma. A novel endoscopic treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) was developed. Anti-reflux mucosectomy( ARMS) is nearly circumferential mucosal reduction of gastric cardia mucosa. ARMS is performed in 56 consecutive cases of refractory GERD. No major complications were encountered and excellent clinical results. Best indication of ARMS is a refractory GERD without long sliding hernia. Longest follow-up case is more than 10 years. Minimally invasive treatments for esophageal benign diseases are currently performed by therapeutic endoscopy.

  4. Clinical and endoscopic features of Chinese reflux esophagitis patients

    Wei Li; Shu-Tian Zhang; Zhong-Lin Yu


    AIM: To analyze the clinical and endoscopic features of Chinese patients with reflux esophagitis (RE).METHODS: A total of 1405 RE patients were analyzed retrospectively. Data on gender, age, presence/absence of H pylori infection and associated esophageal hiatal hernia were collected. Esophagitis was divided into different grades according to Los Angeles Classification.RESULTS: Of 18823 patients, 1405 were diagnosed as RE. The ratio of male to female patients was 1.75:1 (P < 0.01). The mean age of male and female patients was significantly different (P = 0.01). The peak age at onset of the disease was 40-60 years. According to Los Angeles Classification, there were significant differences in the age of patients with grades A and B compared to patients with grades C and D (P < 0.01). Two hundred and seventy-seven patients were infected with H pylori, the infection rate was low (P < 0.01). Complication of esophageal hiatal hernia was found to be significantly associated with the severity of esophagitis and age in 195 patients (P < 0.01). Esophageal mucosa damages were mainly located at the right esophageal wall.CONCLUSION: The peak age of onset of RE is 40-60 years and higher in males than in females. The mean age of onset of RE is lower in males than in females. The infection rate of H pylori is significantly decreased in patients with esophagitis. Old age and esophageal hiatal hernia are associated with more severe esophagitis. Right esophageal mucosal damage can occur more often in RE patients.

  5. Attributable causes of esophageal cancer incidence and mortality in China.

    Jian-Bing Wang

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: To estimate the contribution of tobacco smoking, alcohol drinking, low vegetable intake and low fruit intake to esophageal cancer mortality and incidence in China. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We calculated the proportion of esophageal cancer attributable to four known modifiable risk factors [population attributable fraction (PAF]. Exposure data was taken from meta-analyses and large-scale national surveys of representative samples of the Chinese population. Data on relative risks were also from meta-analyses and large-scale prospective studies. Esophageal cancer mortality and incidence came from the 3(rd national death cause survey and population-based cancer registries in China. We estimated that 87,065 esophageal cancer deaths (men 67,686; women: 19,379 and 108,206 cases (men: 83,968, women: 24,238 were attributable to tobacco smoking, alcohol drinking, low vegetable intake and low fruit intake in China in 2005. About 17.9% of esophageal cancer deaths among men and 1.9% among women were attributable to tobacco smoking. About 15.2% of esophageal cancer deaths in men and 1.3% in women were caused by alcohol drinking. Low vegetable intake was responsible for 4.3% esophageal cancer deaths in men and 4.1% in women. The fraction of esophageal cancer deaths attributable to low fruit intake was 27.1% in men and 28.0% in women. Overall, 46% of esophageal cancers (51% in men and 33% in women were attributable to these four modifiable risk factors. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: Tobacco smoking, alcohol drinking, low vegetable intake and low fruit intake were responsible for 46% of esophageal cancer mortality and incidence in China in 2005. These findings provide useful data for developing guidelines for esophageal cancer prevention and control in China.

  6. Diagnosis of esophageal motility disorders: esophageal pressure topography versus conventional line tracing

    Carlson, DA; Ravi, K; Kahrilas, PJ; Gyawali, CP; Bredenoord, AJ; Castell, DO; Spechler, SJ; Halland, M; Kanuri, N; Katzka, DA; Leggett, CL; Roman, S; Saenz, JB; Sayuk, GS; Wong, AC; Yadlapati, R; Ciolino, JD; Fox, MR; Pandolfino, JE


    Background Enhanced characterization of esophageal peristaltic and sphincter function provided by esophageal pressure topography (EPT) offers a potential diagnostic advantage over conventional line tracings (CLT). However, high-resolution manometry (HRM) and EPT require increased equipment costs over conventional systems and evidence demonstrating a significant diagnostic advantage of EPT over CLT is limited. Our aim was to investigate whether the inter-rater agreement and/or accuracy of esophageal motility diagnosis differed between EPT and CLT. Methods Forty previously-completed patient HRM studies were selected for analysis using a customized software program developed to perform blinded independent interpretation in either EPT or CLT (six pressure sensors) format. Six experienced gastroenterologists with a clinical focus in esophageal disease (attendings) and six gastroenterology trainees with minimal manometry experience (fellows) from three academic centers interpreted each of the 40 studies using both EPT and CLT formats. Rater diagnoses were assessed for inter-rater agreement and diagnostic accuracy, both for exact diagnosis and for correct identification of a major esophageal motility disorder. Results The total group agreement was moderate (κ = 0.57; 95% CI 0.56–0.59) for EPT and fair (κ = 0.32; 0.30–0.33) for CLT. Inter-rater agreement between attendings was good (κ = 0.68; 0.65–0.71) for EPT and moderate (κ = 0.46; 0.43–0.50) for CLT. Inter-rater agreement between fellows was moderate (κ = 0.48; 0.45–0.50) for EPT and poor to fair (κ = 0.20; 0.17–0.24) for CLT. Among all raters, the odds of an incorrect exact esophageal motility diagnosis were 3.3 times higher with CLT assessment than with EPT (OR 3.3; 95% CI 2.4–4.5; p<0.0001) and the odds of incorrect identification of a major motility disorder were 3.4 times higher with CLT than EPT (OR 3.4; 2.4–5.0; p<0.0001). Conclusions Superior inter-rater agreement and diagnostic accuracy

  7. Esophageal Perforation: A Rare Complication of Transesophageal Echocardiography in a Patient with Asymptomatic Esophagitis

    Kabir Ahmed


    Full Text Available Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE is a commonly used procedure in patients with suspected endocarditis. A rare but dreadful complication of this procedure is perforation of the esophagus. We report the case of an elderly female with multiple comorbidities, who presented with polyarticular septic arthritis. TEE was performed to rule out endocarditis. Though the standard procedure protocol was followed, she developed esophageal perforation. It was managed with esophageal stenting but she developed multiorgan failure and did not survive. This case highlights the potential of severe morbidity and mortality associated with TEE. Appropriate screening must be done and high-risk individuals must be identified before such procedures are attempted.

  8. [Esophageal diseases: gastroesophageal reflux disease, Barrett's esophagus, achalasia and eosinophilic esophagitis].

    Calvet, Xavier; Villoria, Albert


    Important new advances were presented in esophageal disease in Digestive Disease Week 2013. A highlight was confirmation of the high efficacy of weight loss to treat symptoms of reflux and an interesting pilot study suggesting that a simple ligature with supra- and infracardial bands could be an effective technique in esophageal reflux. If the excellent results and safety and efficacy of this technique are confirmed in the long term, it could revolutionize the management of gastroesophageal reflux disease. Also of note this year was the presentation of multiple studies validating a new technique, peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) for the endoscopic treatment of achalasia. This technique seems to have excellent efficacy and safety.

  9. Jejunum for bridging long-gap esophageal atresia

    Bax, Klaas (N) M. A.


    OBJECTIVE: Exploring pros and cons of bridging long-gap esophageal atresia with an orthotopic jejunal pedicle graft. Retrospective series of 19 patients. METHODS: From 1988 through 2005, 19 patients with long-gap esophageal atresia received a jejunal graft. Median age at reconstruction was 76 days.

  10. High Prevalence of Esophageal Dysmotility in Asymptomatic Obese Patients

    Justin Côté-Daigneault


    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Obesity is an important health problem affecting >500 million people worldwide. Esophageal dysmotility is a gastrointestinal pathology associated with obesity; however, its prevalence and characteristics remain unclear. Esophageal dysmotilities have a high prevalence among obese patients regardless of gastrointestinal symptoms.

  11. Case report: Antenatal MRI diagnosis of esophageal duplication cyst.

    Rangasami, Rajeswaran; Chandrasekharan, Anupama; Archana, Lal; Santhosh, Joseph


    Esophageal duplication cysts are classified as a subgroup of foregut duplication cysts. They are very rare and are predominantly detected in children. Antenatal detection is very rare. We report a case of an esophageal duplication cyst that was accurately identified antenatally by USG and MRI.


    张力建; 叶国经; 黄信孚; 谢玉泉


    A case of esophageal Crohn's disease in a 52-year-old man is described.The patient was treated successfully by surgical excision of the esophagus.Because esophageal Crohn's disease is uncommon,we would like to discuss its clinical characteristics and to teview theliterature.

  13. 21 CFR 868.1920 - Esophageal stethoscope with electrical conductors.


    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Esophageal stethoscope with electrical conductors... stethoscope with electrical conductors. (a) Identification. An esophageal stethoscope with electrical conductors is a device that is inserted into the esophagus to listen to a patient's heart and breath...

  14. Eosinophilic esophagitis: manometric and pHmetric findings

    Monica Maria Cardoso Monnerat


    Full Text Available CONTEXT: Eosinophilic esophagitis is an entity characterized by an esophageal inflammatory infiltrate of eosinophils, manifested by dysphagia, intermittent food impactions and symptoms similar to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD, that predominantly affects young adults. There may be association of eosinophilic esophagitis with GERD, and motor abnormalities have been described. OBJECTIVE: The main objectives of this study are to describe the findings at esophageal manometry and pH monitoring in patients with eosinophilic esophagitis. METHODS: Cross-sectional study of 20 patients with a diagnosis of eosinophilic esophagitis, submitted to esophageal manometry and 24h pH monitoring. Were analysed the manometric changes and the presence of abnormal reflux on pH monitoring. RESULTS: Twenty patients (15 men, 5 women had a mean age of 29 years. Motility disorders were found in 25% (5/20 patients with ineffective esophageal motility being the most common finding. pH monitoring revealed abnormal reflux on 25%, without any relationship with manometric findings. CONCLUSIONS: Manometric abnormalities were observed in 25% of patients and abnormal reflux on pH monitoring also in 25%. This study showed no relationship between abnormal reflux and the presence of manometric changes.

  15. Esophageal Cancer: Role of Imaging in Primary Staging and Response Assessment Post Neoadjuvant Therapy.

    Griffin, Yvette


    Advances in the early detection and treatment of esophageal cancer have meant improved survival rates for patients with esophageal cancer. Accurate pretreatment and post-neoadjuvant treatment staging of esophageal cancer is essential for assessing operability and determining the optimum treatment plan. This article reviews the multimodality imaging approach in the diagnosis, staging, and assessment of treatment response in esophageal cancer.

  16. Lansap in treatment of esophagitis in patients with systemic sclerosis

    R T Alekperov


    Full Text Available Objective. To study the efficacy of Lansap (Lansoprasole in treatment of esophagitis in pts with systemic sclerosis (SS. Methods. 30 SS pts with clinical manifestations and endoscopic signs of esophagitis received lansap 30 or 60 mg/day during two weeks. All pts had a standard endoscopic examination before and after the treatment. Results. Clinical symptoms of esophagitis were reduced significantly in most pts during the first day of treatment and resolved completely to the eleventh day. Endoscopic examination after two weeks revealed decrease of esophagitis severity in all pts. Esophagial erosions were healed in 16 from 18 pts. Conclusion. Lansap is an effective drug for treatment of reflux esophagitis in pts with SS.

  17. Expression of cyclooxygenase-2 in human esophageal squamous cell carcinomas

    Jian-Gang Jiang; Dao-Wen Wang; Jiang-Bo Tang; Chun-Lian Chen; Bao-Xing Liu; Xiang-Ning Fu; Zhi-Hui Zhu; Wei Qu; Katherine Cianflone; Michael P. Waalkes


    AIM: To determine whether cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) was expressed in human esophageal squamous cell carcinoma.METHODS: Quantitative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), western blotting, immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence were used to assess the expression level of COX-2 in esophageal tissue.RESULTS: COX-2 mRNA levels were increased by >80-fold in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma when compared to adjacent noncancerous tissue. COX-2 protein was present in 21 of 30 cases of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma tissues, but was undetectable in noncancerous tissue. Immunohistochemistry was performed to directly show expression of COX-2 in tumor tissue.CONCLUSION: These results suggest that COX-2 may be an important factor for esophageal cancer and inhibition of COX-2 may be helpful for prevention and possibly treatment of this cancer.

  18. Current treatment options for the management of esophageal cancer

    Mawhinney MR


    Full Text Available Mark R Mawhinney, Robert E GlasgowDepartment of Surgery, Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USAAbstract: In recent years, esophageal cancer characteristics and management options have evolved significantly. There has been a sharp increase in the frequency of esophageal adenocarcinoma and a decline in the frequency of squamous cell carcinoma. A more comprehensive understanding of prognostic factors influencing outcome has also been developed. This has led to more management options for esophageal cancer at all stages than ever before. A multidisciplinary, team approach to management in a high volume center is the preferred approach. Each patient should be individually assessed based on type of cancer, local or regional involvement, and his or her own functional status to determine an appropriate treatment regimen. This review will discuss management of esophageal cancer relative to disease progression and patient functional status.Keywords: esophageal adenocarcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, treatment regimen, disease progression, patient functional status


    LIMBURG, A.J.; Beekhuis, H; Smit, A.J; Kallenberg, Cees; Piers, D.A; Kleibeuker, Jan


    Esophageal motility was assessed by manometry and scintigraphy in 25 patients with primary Raynaud's phenomenon and 24 patients with secondary Raynaud's phenomenon as part of a connective tissue disorder. Methods: For each scintigraphic study, transit time was evaluated after three separate swallows

  20. Safrole-DNA adducts in tissues from esophageal cancer patients: clues to areca-related esophageal carcinogenesis.

    Lee, Jang-Ming; Liu, Tsung-Yung; Wu, Deng-Chyang; Tang, Hseau-Chung; Leh, Julie; Wu, Ming-Tsang; Hsu, Hsao-Hsun; Huang, Pei-Ming; Chen, Jin-Shing; Lee, Chun-Jean; Lee, Yung-Chie


    Epidemiological studies have demonstrated that areca quid chewing can be an independent risk factor for developing esophageal cancer. However, no studies are available to elucidate the mechanisms of how areca induces carcinogenesis in the esophagus. Since the areca nut in Taiwan contains a high concentration of safrole, a well-known carcinogenic agent, we analyzed safrole-DNA adducts by the 32P-postlabelling method in tissue specimens from esophageal cancer patients. In total, we evaluated 47 patients with esophageal cancer (16 areca chewers and 31 non-chewers) who underwent esophagectomy at the National Taiwan University Hospital between 1996 and 2002. Of the individuals with a history of habitual areca chewing (14 cigarette smokers and two non-smokers), one of the tumor tissue samples and five of the normal esophageal mucosa samples were positive for safrole-DNA adducts. All patients positive for safrole-DNA adducts were also cigarette smokers. Such adducts could not be found in patients who did not chew areca, irrespective of their habits of alcohol consumption or cigarette smoking (psafrole was also tested in vitro in three esophageal cell lines and four cultures of primary esophageal keratinocytes. In two of the esophageal keratinocyte cultures, adduct formation was increased by treatment with safrole after induction of cytochrome P450 by 3-methyl-cholanthrene. This paper provides the first observation of how areca induces esophageal carcinogenesis, i.e., through the genotoxicity of safrole, a component of the areca juice.