Propranolol and esophageal varices

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Avatar f tn When these veins become enlarged and swollen they are called Varices, and are very susceptible to rupture. The TIPS or DIPS procedure bypasses these veins alleviating Pressure in the Liver and the Varices. With increased Portal Pressure fluid and an injured liver not properly synthesizing proteins and/or not cleaning toxins as it normally would, you experience all kinds of chemical imbalances affecting many systems.
Avatar m tn Each time I returned for treatment, the varices were less in number and smaller in size, and at my last scope, there were no varices. I lift enough weight so that I can do a set of 12 without gettting to the point of vomiting (as JJ said). Did the doc recommend another scoping and banding if needed? I think I'd wait for them to clear up a bit before getting back into a lifting routine. And don't forget the beta blockers.
29837 tn?1414538248 Hepatologist suggested my doctor put me on something to control Esophageal Varices, which after a test, were discovered in me. The severity is said to be medium. I've don’t some reading with contradicting beliefs from various doctors and clinical trials. However, all doctors seem to agree that a beta blocker like Atenolol is necessary for a long term use. Just want to know if any of you are on this treatment at 25mg per day.
89592 tn?1391278022 I was dxd in 2012 with cirrhosis after the previous gastro found 2 grade 2 non bldg varices. I am on 100 mgs propranolol am and 100 mgs propranolol pm. Now I have a new gastro who has mentioned scheduling an egd and suggested if have varices, he would like to band them. My last EGD was done in 2012. I have rheum arth along with sjogrens which does a number on my throat anyway along with the other overlapping r/a issues. I have not had anything that would indicate a bleed.
Avatar f tn How to slowly decrease dosage of carvedilol used to stop/prevent more esophageal varices? I took 6.25 tablet twice a day for 10 days and heart bpm was really low at 39. My uppuer cheekbones swollen (eyes appear sunken), so I then reduced dosage to 5 mg twice a day for 8 days BUT HEART RATE is STILL 39 bpm. Yesterday I again reduced dosage to 3.125 mg twice a day. They want my heart rate to be around 60 bpm as the goal. QUESTION: 1.
Avatar m tn However, current CT and MRI procedures have become equally sensitive and specific in the detection of esophageal varices and other abnormalities of the portal venous system. Although the surrounding anatomy cannot be evaluated as they can be with CT or MRI, angiography is advantageous because its use may be therapeutic as well as diagnostic. Angiography may be performed if CT or MRI findings are inconclusive.
1116669 tn?1269146866 It has also been shown that 16% of patients with hepatitis C and bridging fibrosis have esophageal varices. Patients without varices develop them at a rate of 8% per year, and the strongest predictor for development of varices in those with cirrhosis who have no varices at the time of initial endoscopic screening is an HVPG 10 mmHg. Patients with small varices develop large varices at a rate of 8% per year.
Avatar m tn Treatment of Esophageal Varices With Carvedilol Nonselective beta blockers or endoscopic band ligation (EVL) are recommended for primary prophylaxis of variceal bleeding in patients with esophageal varices.
Avatar f tn Using a scope to access your esophagus and treat varices. If your esophageal varices appear to have a very high risk of bleeding, your doctor may recommend some of the same treatments that are used to stop active bleeding. Treatments may involve using an endoscope to see inside your esophagus and inject a medication or tie off veins with an elastic band (banding).
2203249 tn?1338994046 Hector Signs and Symptoms Nonbleeding varices are generally asymptomatic. Once varices are bleeding, patients classically present with symptoms of an upper gastrointestinal hemorrhage such at hematemesis, passage of black or bloody stools, lightheadedness, or decreased urination. Associated signs of variceal hemorrhage include decompensated liver function manifested as jaundice, hepatic encephalopathy, worsened or new-onset ascites.
3097131 tn?1357088481 When varices are classified in 3 sizes—small, medium, or large—as occurs in most centers by a semiquantitative morphological assessment (with small varices generally defined as minimally elevated veins above the esophageal mucosal surface, medium varices defined as tortuous veins occupying less than one-third of the esophageal lumen, and large varices defined as those occupying more than one-third of the esophageal lumen), recommendations for mediumsized varices are the same as for large varices, b
Avatar m tn Orphaned Hawk sad it perfectly, your husband needs to be registered and evaluated by a transplant hospital as should anyone with cirrhosis. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Esophageal varices are swollen veins in the lining of the lower esophagus near the stomach. Gastric varices are swollen veins in the lining of the stomach.
Avatar m tn I also do yoga which is much less stressful and does wonders for your mind/body and prayer and meditation as well. Check with your medical team before starting anything!
Avatar m tn There are no focal abnormalities associated with either the liver or the spleen) Then last week I have the Esophageal Varices episode and the attending Dr. at the hospital tells my wife and I that this is a cause of Cirossis of the Liver and that after the onset of Cirossis I have 10 years to live. I am 52 and I drank Alcohol occaisionally (wine maybe twice a week, a beer maybe twice a month, and a coctail maybe twice a month) I obviously don't do that now.
Avatar n tn This exacerbation of ascites limits enthusiasm for the recommendation of this therapy for all patients with esophageal varices. There is a study that showed the combination of nadolol and isosorbide nitrate was more effective than sclerotherapy. Further work is required to confirm the long term safety and efficacy. This response is being provided for general informational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice or consultation.
Avatar n tn esophageal varices, portal hypertension, bleedin 0.
419309 tn?1326506891 An enlarged spleen may cause a vague sense of discomfort in the upper left part of the abdomen. Esophageal and gastric varices bleed easily and sometimes massively. Much less commonly, varicose veins in the rectum bleed.When substances that are normally removed from the liver pass into the general circulation and reach the brain, they may cause confusion or drowsiness (hepatic encephalopathy). Collateral vessels may be visible on the skin over the abdominal wall or around the rectum.
Avatar f tn I have a portal hypertension, enlarged spleen, varices and now addison's disease. I get horrible liver pain that wraps around to my back that gives me spasms. I've been hospitalized 3 * in the past 2 months. because of flora in my own G I track . sometimes the pain gets so bad I just want to leave my body. it's like I can't get away from it. anyone with any ideas on how to deal with it would be greatly appreciated.
Avatar f tn • Grade 1 – Small, straight esophageal varices • Grade 2 – Enlarged, tortuous esophageal varices occupying less than one third of the lumen • Grade 3 – Large, coil-shaped esophageal varices occupying more than one third of the lumen The esophageal varices are also inspected for red wheals, which are dilated intra-epithelial veins under tension and which carry a significant risk for bleeding.
Avatar f tn People with lesser stages of liver disease do not have varices. Varices only appear when a patient hasf cirrhosis and portal hypertension. Your husband's liver disease while serious may not be as advanced as you may think. So by getting his medical records you can learn more about just how ill he really is and what there may be to worry about and what you don't have to worry about. The good news he is receiving proper care and being monitored.
Avatar m tn Patty - Here is some information about cirrhosis and End Stage Liver Disease (ESLD). I also have the same condition as your husband, so this is based on my own experience and knowledge of this illness and its symptoms and complications. Anytime someone has rectal bleeding. They should go to the ER ASAP. Internal bleeding can be fatal! Should he vomit blood he should also go to the ER ASAP.
1473047 tn?1286964832 This is important as you are at an increased risk for liver cancer once you have progressed to cirrhosis. Had an endoscopy to detect esophageal varices and should be done every two years. Varices should be treated with a nonselective beta-blocker such as nadolol or propranolol. Best of luck to you. I hope this is helpful in some way.
1654058 tn?1407162666 The main thing is you are alive today and have survived burst varices, a life threatening ordeal. You are strong and a fighter. Hang tough!
1475202 tn?1388955435 i pursue the latter when the patient cannot tolerate the beta blocker. Sometime baanding the esophageal varices can make gastric varices worse and they are more problematic to treat. i think the lifting restriction is reasonable.
541844 tn?1244313424 If her portal hypertension were servere the center would be worried about internal bleeding of varices. Is she on a beta-blocker such as Propranolol or Nadolol. If they only want to see her yearly, she must have a relative early stage of cirrhosis and portal hypertension. It is generally only when a patient decompensates or has a MELD score over 20 that they can't be treated with current treatment therapy. What transplant center is she being seen at? What is her MELD score?
1856046 tn?1330240845 I have cirrhosis, portal hypertension with esophageal varices that have been banded 3 different times. Getting ready to start triple with Incivek (hopefully) once this is cleared up.
1752948 tn?1466357761 my doctor was emphatic that i have an EGD to check for varices. She said they are seeing patients with esophageal varices that do not cause the patient any problems during treatment, but then after a successful treatment the varices ruptured. at this point they do not know why this is happening. as Hector stated a ruptured varice can become a life-threatening emergency.
Avatar m tn I did not receive any attempts at any treatments. I keep reading about these ribavirin and interferon and new drugs and combinations and things but I still haven't received any treatment. I go to see my doctor every 6 months and I asked and I didn't really understand why won't he give me any treatment option. He signed me up on the transplant list instead. So I ask you: which are the common causes for which I could be refused the treatment? My blood-tests came ok, I had low hemoglobin though.
Avatar n tn Non selective beta blockers to reduce pressure in the varices. Endoscopy to locate large varices and band them off. 2. Lactulose to remove ammonia and other toxins from the brain. 3. Watch blood pressure, watch for fevers, watch for pain in the abdomen. Be quick to go to the ER if any of those appear. 4. Go to the ER if he can't urinate. Hope for the best. Your husband should be taking diuretics and avoiding salt.
Avatar f tn com/health/premature-ventricular-contractions/DS00949 Because I take a beta-blocker (80-mg propranolol BID (twice a day)), because I have esophageal varices, I rarely get them now and when I do, I don't stress and find breathing exercises and bio-feedback help immensly. Please note that this is only MY experience and you may have something completely different and you should get it checked out to be sure!