Ectopic varices in portal hypertension: computed tomographic angiography instead of repeated endoscopies for diagnosis


Etik D., Oztas E., Okten S., ÖNDER F. O. , Tayfur O., Kalkan I., ...More

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF GASTROENTEROLOGY & HEPATOLOGY, vol.23, no.7, pp.620-622, 2011 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

Abstract

Ectopic varices (EcV) accounting for 1-5% of all varices in portal hypertension are composed of dilated portosystemic collaterals located in unusual sites instead of the most known gastroesophageal region. The difficulty in localization of bleeding is a great burden on the management of these patients. Herein, we present patients with EcV as well as with portal hypertension and recurrent intestinal bleeding. The sites of EcV were identified with computed tomographic angiography, after a series of inconclusive endoscopies, and moreover a selective celiac arteriographic examination of one of the patients. Eur J Gastroenterol Hepatol 23:620-622 (c) 2011 Wolters Kluwer Health vertical bar Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.