Gastrointestinal Radiology

, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp 1–6 | Cite as

Comparison of barium swallow and left gastric angiography in the diagnosis of esophageal varices, with special reference to the management of variceal bleeding

  • Joe Ariyama
  • Hikoo Shirakabe
  • Haruo Ikenobe
  • Geraint M. Roberts


Seventy-five patients with portal hypertension and esophageal varices were studied by means of barium swallow and selective left gastric angiography. The relative merits and limitations of these techniques in demonstrating the presence, extent, and severity of the varices are discussed, with reference to the selection of patients for prophylactic transection of the esophagus to prevent bleeding from the varices.

Key words

Esophageal varices, bleeding Barium swallow Left gastric angiography 


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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • Joe Ariyama
    • 1
  • Hikoo Shirakabe
    • 1
  • Haruo Ikenobe
    • 1
  • Geraint M. Roberts
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of GastroenterologyJuntendo UniversityTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Department of Diagnostic RadiologyWelsh National School of MedicineCardiffWales, UK

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