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Trashepatic left gastric vein embolization in the treatment of recurrent hemorrhaging in patients with schistosomiasis previously submitted to non-derivative surgery.
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PMID:  23329216     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
CONTEXT: Non-derivative surgical techniques are the treatment of choice for the control of upper digestive tract hemorrhages after schistosomotic portal hypertension. However, recurrent hemorrhaging due to gastroesophagic varices is frequent.
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the outcome of treatment based on embolization of the left gastric vein to control the reoccurrence of hemorrhages caused by gastroesophagic varices in patients with schistosomiasis previously submitted to non-derivative surgery.
METHODS: Rates of reoccurrence of hemorrhages and the qualitative and quantitative reduction of gastroesophagic varices in patients undergoing transhepatic embolization of the left gastric vein between December 1999 and January 2009 were studied based on medical charts and follow-up reports.
RESULTS: Seven patients with a mean age of 39.3 years underwent percutaneous transhepatic embolization of the left gastric vein. The mean time between azigoportal disconnections employed in combination with splenectomy and the percutaneous approach was 8.4 ± 7.3 years, and the number of episodes of digestive hemorrhaging ranged from 1 to 7 years. No episodes of reoccurrence of hemorrhaging were found during a follow-up period which ranged from 6 months to 7 years. Endoscopic postembolization studies revealed reductions in gastroesophagic varices in all patients compared to preembolization endoscopy.
CONCLUSIONS: Percutaneous transhepatic embolization of the left gastric vein in patients with schistosomiasis previously submitted to surgery resulted in a decrease in gastroesophagic varices and was shown to be effective in controlling hemorrhage reoccurrence.
Paulo Fernandes Saad; Alvaro Razuk; Gustavo José Politzer Telles; Jong Hun Park; Fernando Pinho Esteves; Roberto Augusto Caffaro
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Arquivos de gastroenterologia     Volume:  49     ISSN:  1678-4219     ISO Abbreviation:  Arq Gastroenterol     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-01-18     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  15310600R     Medline TA:  Arq Gastroenterol     Country:  Brazil    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  238-44     Citation Subset:  IM    
Vale do São Francisco Federal University, Petrolina, PE.
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