CHAPTER I INTRODUCTION Approximately 90% of patients with cirrhosis will have developed esophageal varices within 10 geal variceal ha. Esophageal varices are enlarged or swollen veins that occur on the lining of the esophagus. Varices can be life-threatening if they break open and bleed. Mucosal relief views of the esophagus can reveal serpiginous filling defects seen after the passage of barium via the peristaltic wave. Varices may also be.

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Idiopathic varices are found in patients who show no evidence of either portal hypertension or superior vena cava obstruction. Sonography also provides an adequate evaluation of the size and echotexture of the liver.

Radiology in the diagnosis and therapy of gastrointestinal bleeding. Methods to meet these goals range from living a healthier lifestyle, medications, non-surgical procedures to liver transplant. In review case studies, a vatises thrombosed esophageal varix may be confused with an esophageal mass on barium studies. Two rare conditions that can cause esophageal varices are Budd-Chiari syndrome blockage of certain veins in varses liver and infection with the parasite schistosomiasis.

However, current CT scanning and MRI procedures vqrises become equally sensitive and specific in the detection of esophageal varices and other abnormalities of the portal venous system.

Infobox medical condition new Wikipedia articles with citations needing edition from September Wikipedia articles with NDL identifiers. Dilated submucosal veins are the most prominent histologic feature of esophageal varices. Surgical clips may create artifacts that obscure portions of the portal venous system.

Bajaj JS, et al. Esophageal varices in patients with cirrhosis: The prediction is made by identifying and measuring the size of the surrounding paraesophageal and perforating veins. MRI is an excellent noninvasive method for imaging the portal venous system and esophageal varices see the images below. The patient should be situated in vatises oblique projection and, therefore, in esfoagus right anterior oblique position to the image intensifier and a left posterior oblique position to the table.


Esophageal varices have potentially fatal consequences if they rupture and hemorrhage. Digital subtraction celiac axis angiography shows the splenic and the superior mesenteric veins, but not the occluded splenic vein.

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Maximum intensity projection magnetic resonance image of the normal portal venous system. Varices can also form in other areas of the body, including the stomach gastric varicesduodenum duodenal varicesand rectum rectal varices.

They’re often due to vaises blood flow through the portal vein, which carries blood from the intestine, pancreas and spleen to the liver.

Gastrostomy 5 CT-Guided Perc. Iodinated contrast material or carbon esoagus may be injected through a catheter wedged in a hepatic vein to obtain digital subtraction Esofatus images of the hepatic venous system and, possibly, the portal venous system in hepatofugal flow. The esofagsu of contrast material and the delay time are slightly greater than those in conventional helical CT scanning of the abdomen.

Mucosal relief views of the esophagus can reveal serpiginous filling defects seen after the passage of barium via the peristaltic wave. This sign, in conjunction with thickened folds with rounded expansions and some degree of distensibility, is pathognomonic for esophageal varices.

EUS has been used to guide sclerotherapy for precise injection of the sclerosing agent. Note the ascites and cirrhosis. Esophageal varices are dilated veins of the subepithelial connective tissue that are usually caused by portal hypertension in patients with cirrhosis or other liver pathology. LaBrecque D, et al.

Esophageal Varices

MRA and MR portal venography are used to further characterize the portal venous system and its surrounding structures. Pay attention to technique to optimize detection of esophageal varices. Share Email Print Feedback Close.

Incomplete opacification may create problems in evaluation for portal vein thrombosis or in detecting collateral pathways, including esophageal varices. Bleeding esophageal variees are an emergency. Weilert F, Binmoeller KF. Multiple small collateral vessels may be depicted in the upper chest, head, and extremities in the setting of downhill esophageal varices.


J Comput Assist Tomogr. Treatment of these types of varices may differ. In the differential diagnosis, varicoid carcinoma of the esophagus is important; varicoid carcinoma demonstrates a similar appearance to esophageal varices, but it has a more-rigid appearance that does not change or vraises distended with positioning, repetitive swallows, or use of the Valsalva maneuver. Nuclear Imaging Nuclear medicine does not play a clinically useful role in the evaluation or diagnosis of esophageal varices.

A prospective evaluation of computerized tomographic CT scanning as a screening modality for esophageal varices. However, in severe disease, esophageal varices may be prominent. Risk vaises bleeding increases with size of varices. Type 1 — Partial occlusion of the SVC with patency of the azygous vein. Mucosal relief view shows the serpiginous varicoid filling defects in the proximal fsofagus, with normal distal mucosa in this patient with superior vena cava obstruction.

These spots are suggestive of recent or impending bleeding from the varices.

Other advantages include better characterization of liver tumors and avoidance of iodinated contrast material. Cherry hemangioma Halo nevus Spider angioma. Thrombosis blood clot in the portal vein or the splenic vein, which connects to the portal vein, can cause esophageal varices.

These blood vessels variwes thin walls and are close to the surface.

Esophageal varices

General principles of the management of variceal hemorrhage. Characteristics of paraesophageal varices: Correlation of arterial and venous blood flow in the mesenteric system based on MR findings. Internal bleedinghypovolemic shockcardiac arrest. Figure A shows a thrombus in the splenic vein, occluding the splenic vein red arrow. Hepatic phlebography involves venipuncture of the common femoral or common jugular vein and advancement of a catheter to the level of the hepatic veins through the inferior or superior vena cava, respectively.