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Emergency management of variceal haemorrhage

Khakoo, SI; Rosenberg, WMC; (2003) Emergency management of variceal haemorrhage. CPD Journal Acute Medicine , 2 (2) 58 - 63.

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Varceal haemorrhage is a life-threatening condition requiring prompt emergency therapy. This paper summarises the key aspects of management of this condition in the acute setting, including airway management, fluid resuscitation, and pharmacotherapy. The value of therapeutic endoscopy, balloon tamponade and radiological shunt procedures are also highlighted.

Title:Emergency management of variceal haemorrhage

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