Journal article

Endoscopic Variceal Ligation for Primary Prophylaxis of Esophageal Variceal Hemorrhage in Pre-Liver Transplant Patients

Eu Jin Lim, Paul J Gow, Peter W Angus

LIVER TRANSPLANTATION | JOHN WILEY & SONS INC | Published : 2009

Abstract

Endoscopic variceal ligation (EVL) is widely used to prevent esophageal variceal bleeding in patients with advanced cirrhosis. However, the safety and efficacy of EVL in this setting have not been clearly established. This study included 300 adult patients with cirrhosis on our liver transplant waitlist who underwent upper gastrointestinal endoscopy. Esophageal varices deemed to be at high risk of bleeding were banded until eradication or transplantation. A retrospective review of patient notes and endoscopy databases was undertaken, and the number of banding episodes, complications, and patient outcomes were recorded. Forty-two of 300 patients presented with or had previous variceal bleedin..

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