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Complete esophageal obstruction following endoscopic variceal ligation: a case report and literature review

Authors Kubovy J, Boswell TD, Vautier G, Arnold MM

Received 6 January 2018

Accepted for publication 23 February 2018

Published 10 April 2018 Volume 2018:11 Pages 165—168

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/CEG.S161772

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Editor who approved publication: Prof. Dr. Everson L.A. Artifon


Jan Kubovy, Tom D Boswell, Guy Vautier, Malcolm M Arnold

Department of Gastroenterology, Hawkes Bay Hospital, Hastings, New Zealand


Abstract: Endoscopic variceal ligation (EVL) is an important treatment modality in managing complications of portal hypertension. Since its advent 30 years ago, the procedural complications have decreased significantly, especially when compared with variceal sclerotherapy. With the current widespread use of EVL, rare complications are now becoming increasingly recognized. We present a case of complete esophageal obstruction, its management, and clinical course. Our literature review identified only eight reported cases. We compare the varied treatment approaches and outcomes in the cited articles.

Keywords: portal hypertension, esophageal varices, endoscopic variceal ligation, esophageal obstruction

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