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Doctors Study Management of Varices in Cirrhosis

April 15, 2010

Variceal hemorrhage is a lethal complication of cirrhosis, particularly in patients in whom clinical decompensation (i.e., ascites, encephalopathy, a previous episode of hemorrhage or jaundice) has already developed. Practice guidelines for the management of varices and variceal hemorrhage in cirrhosis are mostly based on evidence in the literature that has been summarized and prioritized at consensus conferences. In a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, doctors investigated the prevention of varices and a first variceal hemorrhage, the treatment of acute variceal hemorrhage, and prevention of recurrent variceal hemorrhage. They also examined special situations for which there is limited or no evidence.

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