A meta-analysis of endoscopic variceal ligation for primary prophylaxis of esophageal variceal bleeding.

Despite publication of several randomized trials of prophylactic variceal ligation, the effect on bleeding-related outcomes is unclear. We performed a meta-analysis of the trials, as identified by electronic database searching and cross-referencing. Both investigators independently applied inclusion and exclusion criteria, and abstracted data from each… CONTINUE READING