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Posted by: Mary | 2009/10/20

OESOPHAGAL VARICES

My husband had a gastroscopy over 2 years ago and was told that he had the beginnings of oesophagal varices. His doctor told him that these were caused by too much alcohol. My husband does and always has drunk a lot - in excess of 8 drinks a day, sometimes more. The doctor advised him to stop drinking and he rejected this advice saying the doctor did not know what he was talking about. He has not even cut back on his drinking. Are these varices likely to get worse, and if so, how long will it be until they become dangerous.

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Hallo Mary
The esophageal varicose veins develop due to liver injury because of the alcohol. The liver cirrhosis causes increased pressure on the veins draining the liver. This can develop over years and will get worse with time. They can be dangerous as soon as it is noticed, as bleeding from these veins can be life threatening.
See also http://www.patienthealthinternational.com/esophageal-varices/
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Posted by: cyberdoc | 2009/10/20

Hallo Mary
The esophageal varicose veins develop due to liver injury because of the alcohol. The liver cirrhosis causes increased pressure on the veins draining the liver. This can develop over years and will get worse with time. They can be dangerous as soon as it is noticed, as bleeding from these veins can be life threatening.
See also http://www.patienthealthinternational.com/esophageal-varices/
Dr Bets

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