Rates of recurrent variceal bleeding are low with modern esophageal banding strategies: a retrospective cohort study.

BACKGROUND Variceal bleeding has a high rate of mortality and recurrence. Endoscopic band ligation (EBL) is the established standard of care for secondary prevention of variceal bleeding. OBJECTIVE To determine the long-term re-bleeding rate of an EBL protocol similar to current society guidelines. DESIGN We conducted a retrospective cohort study at a… (More)