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Management of oesophageal varices.

Dagher, L; Patch, D; Burroughs, A; (2000) Management of oesophageal varices. Hosp Med , 61 (10) 711 - 717.

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Beta-blockers are the treatment of choice to prevent the first episode of variceal bleeding and further rebleeding episodes. In acute bleeding all patients should receive pharmacological treatment with vasoconstrictors and endoscopic treatment. Failure of therapy should lead to consideration of transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunting.

Title:Management of oesophageal varices.
Keywords:Adrenergic beta-Antagonists, Anti-Bacterial Agents, Clinical Protocols, Esophageal and Gastric Varices, Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage, Humans, Ligation, Octreotide, Portasystemic Shunt, Transjugular Intrahepatic, Sclerotherapy, Somatostatin, Vasopressins

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