Self-Expandable Metal Stent Application as Bridging Therapy in Refractory Esophageal Variceal Bleeding


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Colak B., Karatay E., Erdal H., Keles M., DOĞAN İ., Unal S.

JOURNAL OF ACADEMIC RESEARCH IN MEDICINE-JAREM, vol.6, no.2, pp.119-121, 2016 (ESCI) identifier

Abstract

Esophageal variceal bleeding is a serious complication of portal hypertension in cirrhotic patients. Current treatment approach consists of band ligation and sclerotherapy. More than 10% of variceal bleedings are refractory to standard treatments and have a higher mortality rate. In this study, we aimed to share our experiences regarding covered self-expanding metal stent (SEMS) as a bridging therapy to permanent treatments, which decrease portal blood pressure, such as TIPS and surgery in two refractory variceal bleeding patients who were referred to our hospital with a past history of multiple band ligations to esophageal varies.