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Oesophageal varices: a potentially fatal complication of liver metastases.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7720899     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Haemorrhage from oesophageal varices is a common and potentially life-threatening complication of portal hypertension, which is usually due to cirrhosis of the liver. Although liver metastases and hepatic dysfunction frequently occur in malignant disease, reports of oesophageal varices arising as a consequence of metastatic liver disease are sporadic, suggesting that this complication is unusual. Indeed, one review of the literature identified only 23 cases, although a few others have subsequently been reported. The management of such patients bleeding from oesophageal varices is clearly very different from bleeding due to other causes such as peptic ulceration. We report three cases and review the literature. All of our cases presented to us within a period of one year, suggesting that this complication of metastatic liver disease is more common than originally considered to be the case.
T R Evans; J L Mansi
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of surgical oncology : the journal of the European Society of Surgical Oncology and the British Association of Surgical Oncology     Volume:  21     ISSN:  0748-7983     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur J Surg Oncol     Publication Date:  1995 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1995-05-25     Completed Date:  1995-05-25     Revised Date:  2007-07-02    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8504356     Medline TA:  Eur J Surg Oncol     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  204-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Medical Oncology, St George's Hospital Medical School, London, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Esophageal and Gastric Varices / etiology*
Fatal Outcome
Liver Neoplasms / complications*,  secondary
Middle Aged

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