Approaches to the endoscopic treatment of esophageal varices

  title={Approaches to the endoscopic treatment of esophageal varices},
  author={Greg Van Stiegmann and Manabu Yamamoto},
  journal={World Journal of Surgery},
Endoscopic therapy is commonly employed for both initial and subsequent definitive treatment of variceal bleeding. Sclerotherapy performed with a flexible endoscope is currently the most widespread technique. Available data suggests that such treatment does not improve outcome in the acute treatment of variceal bleeding (first 30 days) but appears superior to conventional medical management in the long term. Sclerotherapy does not appear better or worse than pharmacological therapy or surgical… CONTINUE READING
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