Successful hemostasis of intractable rectal variceal bleeding using variceal embolization

Sung Soo Ahn, Eun Hye Kim, Man Deuk Kim, Won Jae Lee, Seung Up Kim

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Portal hypertension causes portosystemic shunting along the gastrointestinal tract, resulting in gastrointestinal varices. Rectal varices and their bleeding is a rare complication, but it can be fatal without appropriate treatment. However, because of its rarity, no established treatment strategy is yet available. In the setting of intractable rectal variceal bleeding, a transjugular intravenous portosystemic shunt can be a treatment of choice to enable portal decompression and thus achieve hemostasis. However, in the case of recurrent rectal variceal bleeding despite successful transjugular intravenous portosystemic shunt, alternative measures to control bleeding are required. Here, we report on a patient with liver cirrhosis who experienced recurrent rectal variceal bleeding even after successful transjugular intravenous portosystemic shunt and was successfully treated with variceal embolization.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2558-2562
Number of pages5
JournalWorld Journal of Gastroenterology
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Feb 28

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  • Gastroenterology


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