Jun 14, 2002
What is varices? WHat is its cause? When might it occur in liver disease? Apart from medical diagnostics, what physiological signs and symptoms might indicate? Heartburn like pain in esophagus, or just heartburn?
Response from Dr. Dieterich
Esophageal varices are varicose veins of the esophagus. They do not cause any symptoms unless they are bleeding and then they are disastrous. The only way to find out if they are there is to do an endoscopy, which is an easy diagnostic test. However you have to have severe cirrhosis to have varices. The good news is that they can be treated with injections or rubber bands. Good luck! DTD
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