Bleeding Varices

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Definition

Bleeding varices are a result of dilated blood vessels usually located in the stomach or esophagus. This bleeding is characterized by the increased pressure in the portal vein within the gastro-esophageal tract. When not immediately diagnosed, the condition may lead to serious complications such as liver failure.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis can be done during treatment.

Treatment

Bleeding varices are an emergency situation and medical attention is required immediately. When the bleeding isn't controlled, the patient may die. Liver transplant is the main form of treatment used to treat bleeding varices.

Symptoms and Signs

Bleeding varices are presented by vomiting of blood, bloody stool, rapid heart rate, low blood pressure and shock.

Causes

Bleeding varices are brought about by liver cirrhosis. They can also be aggravated by alcohol abuse and hepatitis.

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