Preventing Variceal Bleeding
- 6. 9 2007 (06:00)
Beta blockers should be the first line of prevention against variceal bleeding in patients with cirrhosis and portal hypertension. While banding is similarly effective in reducing the incidence of such bleeding, it can have fatal complications and is more expensive. Patients with liver disease often develop portal hypertension from a blockage in the blood flow through the liver.