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Endoscopic sclerotherapy for esophageal varices in 39 nonselected patients with portal hypertension and recent variceal hemorrhage

Endoscopic sclerotherapy for esophageal varices in 39 nonselected patients with portal hypertension and recent variceal hemorrhage

Annales Medicales de Nancy et de l'Est 24(MAY): 217-218, 220-222

The authors report the results of endoscopic sclerotherapy for esophageal varices in 39 non-selected patients with portal hypertension and recent variceal hemorrhage. Success and obliteration of varices occurred in 83.7% of patients. Complications were observed in 11.3% of courses of injection. The patients were followed during 10 to 74 weeks after sclerotherapy: 30.8% had recurrence of bleeding; during this following 11 patients died after 27.9 weeks. 89.7% survived more than one month and 50% more than one year. These results are not different from those of earlier studies. Results on survival are compared with those of another study of the same service where patients had not had sclerotherapy; one month survival improved significantly with sclerotherapy but not one year survival. This study confirms short-term interest of sclerotherapy but doubts its long-term usefulness.

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