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Student's Corner: Pathophysiology and treatment of significant bleeding oesophageal varices.
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PMID:  22551434     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Abstract Acute oesophageal variceal haemorrhage is a major cause of death associated with cirrhotic liver disease. Whilst surgical procedures can decrease the risk of recurrent bleeds, pharmacological aids are often used to treat the cause of the varices: portal hypertension. Insertion of a Sengstaken Blakemore tube or Minnesota tube can temporarily halt the haemorrhage by exerting pressure on the varices. This pressure decreases the blood supply to the oesophagus, thereby decreasing the amount of blood lost through a ruptured vessel. The use of these tubes is based on individual hospital policy. Other techniques such as band ligation, are also being introduced for the management of oesophageal varices to decrease haemorrhaging. Once the bleeding has been controlled surgical procedures such as sclerotherapy can attempt to permanently stop the rupture. However, these procedures do not treat the cause of the varices. Adjunctive medications, transplants and shunts attempt to permanently decrease the portal hypertension in order to decrease the risk of recurrent haemorrhage.
Jennifer Margaret Lee
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Contemporary nurse     Volume:  39     ISSN:  1037-6178     ISO Abbreviation:  Contemp Nurse     Publication Date:  2011 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-05-03     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9211867     Medline TA:  Contemp Nurse     Country:  Australia    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  221-6     Citation Subset:  N    
Department of Nursing, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, NSW, Australia.
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