Gastric varices
Gastric varices
Gastric varices

Gastric varicose veins refers to the presence of very dilated veins in the superior portion of the stomach that have the potential to result in important bleeding that can place the patient’s life in danger. Generally they are a consequence of liver disease as is hepatic cirrhosis. When these dilated veins do bleed, it is necessary to control the bleeding by means of an endoscopic procedure in order to administer substances that help in controlling the bleeding. In addition to reducing the patient’s risk, this avoids the need for blood transfusions and reduces hospital stays.