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Bleeding from gastric body varices effectively treated with endoscopic band ligation

Authors Sato T, Kitagawa

Received 9 August 2012

Accepted for publication 3 September 2012

Published 19 October 2012 Volume 2012:5 Pages 69—72


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Takahiro Sato, Sho Kitagawa

Department of Gastroenterology, Sapporo Kosei General Hospital, Sapporo, Japan

Abstract: A 55-year-old man with alcoholic liver cirrhosis was admitted to hospital with tarry stools. Videoendoscopy examination on admission revealed blood oozing from the greater curvature of the gastric body (ectopic varices). Endoscopic ultrasonography and computed tomography were used in making the diagnosis. Endoscopic band ligation (EBL) was performed for the bleeding site of these varices. The patient experienced no further episodes of bleeding during the 6 months following treatment with EBL. EBL was very effective in treating the bleeding from gastric body varices.

Keywords: ectopic varices, endoscopic band ligation, gastric body varices, portal hypertension

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