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Improved long-term survival following complete eradication of esophageal varices by sclerotherapy.
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PMID:  10228784     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Conflicting results have been reported concerning the effect of endoscopic injection sclerotherapy upon the long-term survival of cirrhotic patients with esophageal varix. The recurrence and rebleeding of esophageal varices seems to be an important factor influencing long-term survival. We investigated the long-term survival of patients after complete eradication of esophageal varices. METHODOLOGY: Forty patients treated by endoscopic injection sclerotherapy for acute esophageal variceal bleeding were studied. The recurrence rate of varices and the long-term survival of patients in whom complete eradication of esophageal varices was obtained were compared with those of patients in whom the eradication of varices was incomplete. RESULTS: The frequency of the recurrence/deterioration rate of varices and rebleeding in the complete eradication group was significantly lower than that in the incomplete eradication group (10.7% vs. 100%, 0% vs. 58.3%, respectively, p < 0.01). Accumulated 5-year survival rate of the complete eradication group was significantly higher than that of the incomplete eradication group (68.2% vs. 43.2%, p < 0.05). CONCLUSIONS: Complete eradication of esophageal varices by endoscopic injection sclerotherapy is effective both in preventing variceal re-bleeding and in improving the survival of cirrhotic patients with esophageal varices.
H Matsumoto; F Suzuki; K Souda; H Kitahara; Y Kobayashi; T Kawasaki; K Nakao; M Matsumoto; K Iwata; Y Ohta; K Kanai
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Hepato-gastroenterology     Volume:  46     ISSN:  0172-6390     ISO Abbreviation:  Hepatogastroenterology     Publication Date:    1999 Jan-Feb
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-06-23     Completed Date:  1999-06-23     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8007849     Medline TA:  Hepatogastroenterology     Country:  GREECE    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  172-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Gastroenterology, Toshiba General Hospital, Tokyo, Japan.
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MeSH Terms
Acute Disease
Aged, 80 and over
Esophageal and Gastric Varices / mortality*,  therapy*
Middle Aged
Survival Analysis
Treatment Outcome

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