Role of noninvasive markers to predict the presence of esophageal varices in cirrhosis: Pilot study
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Cirrhosis of liver leads to portal hypertension and development of esophageal varices (EV), rupture of which results in spontaneous hematemesis. Upper gastrointestinal (UGI) bleeding is a catastrophic presentation of EV. Endoscopy remains the standard procedure for diagnosis  and esophageal variceal ligation as treatment of varices for decades; but with each passing day, the demand to develop noninvasive methods to diagnose varices is increasing. This pilot study aimed to find the association between esophageal varices, liver stiffness, spleen stiffness, and platelet counts and also to assess whether these indicators can be used to establish benchmarks in the future as noninvasive predictors of portal hypertension.
A cross-sectional observational study was done at a tertiary health center from February 2014, to January 2015. Adult patients of ages ≥ 18 years of either sex with newly diagnosed chronic liver disease (CLD) and portal hypertension were included. The patients underwent...
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VKV, SS, VL, KJ, NM, and DB declare that they have no conflict of interest.
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