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 [vār´ĭ-sēz] (L.)
plural of varix.
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Plural of varix.
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Plural of varix.
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Plural of varix Any widely dilated vein, commonly, the saphenous veins, dilated through the viscissitudes of pregnancy, childbirth, life in general and esophagus. See Esophageal varices, Varicose veins.
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Plural of varix.
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(var'iks) (var'i-sez?) plural.varices [L., twisted or dilated vein]
1. A tortuous dilatation of a vein. See: varicose vein
2. Less commonly, dilatation of an artery or lymph vessel.

aneurysmal varix

A direct communication between an artery and a varicose vein without an intervening sac.

arterial varix

A varicosity or dilation of an artery.

chyle varix

A varix of a lymphatic vessel that conveys chyle.
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esophageal varix

A tortuous dilatation of an esophageal vein, esp. in the distal portion. It results from any condition that causes portal hypertension, typically cirrhosis of the liver. Müller's maneuver; illustration


If an esophageal varix bursts, massive hemorrhage occurs, and the patient may die within minutes.


Medical treatment includes administration of a beta blocker, such as nadolol, with a nitrate, such as isosorbide, to lower portal pressures and decrease the likelihood of variceal bleeding. Invasive therapies include the injection of sclerosing agents or rubber banding of the dilated vein.

Patient care

Bleeding esophageal varices constitute a medical emergency, requiring immediate treatment to control hemorrhage and prevent hypovolemic shock. The patient’s vital signs, SaO2, ABGs, electrolyte and fluid volume balance, and level of consciousness are closely monitored. Intravenous access must be established promptly and fluid resuscitation, followed by transfusion and the administration of plasma are critical to early stabilization of the patient. Medical therapies also include the use of vasoconstricting drugs, such as vasopression. Endoscopy is used to identify the site of the ruptured vessels which may then be treated with sclerotherapy, ligation, or banding.

Surgical procedures to prevent rebleeding include portocaval or mesocaval shunts, portosystemic anastomosis, splenorenal shunting or liver transplantation. All procedures are explained, sensation messages provided, and reassurance and emotional support offered.

lymphaticus varix

Dilatation of a lymphatic vessel.

turbinal varix

Permanent dilatation of veins of turbinate bodies.
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Varicosities. Swollen, twisted and distorted lengths of vessels, usually veins. Veins affected by varices are called VARICOSE VEINS and these are commonest in the legs. Oesophageal varices are the varicosities of the veins at the lower end of the OESOPHAGUS that occur when the portal vein drainage through the liver is impeded by CIRRHOSIS. They are liable to cause dangerous bleeding. The singular form of the word is varix.
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A type of varicose vein that develops in veins in the linings of the esophagus and upper stomach when these veins fill with blood and swell due to an increase in blood pressure in the portal veins.
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SAAG is an excellent biochemical parameter in differentiating ascites due to portal hypertension from other causes of ascites and ascites with high SAAG is indirectly associated with the presence of esophageal varices in cirrhotic patients2,5.
The relationship between the demographic parameters and the presence and group of esophageal varices with liver histopathology of the patients was examined for univariate analysis.
Occurrence of discrete large varix with no other source of hemorrhage and with no evidence of esophageal varices.8
Follow-up contrast-enhanced CT 3 days after CARTO confirmed complete obliteration of the efferent vein and duodenal varices (Fig 3).
Upper GI endoscopy (EGD) remains the gold standard for the evaluation of the presence of esophageal and gastric varices (GEV) [32, 33].
A follow-up endoscopy was performed after 10 days of the index endoscopy where complete obliteration of the gastroesophageal varices was ascertained.
We divided PHE into two grades: Grade 1 which includes edema, erythema, granularity, friability, and/or spontaneous bleeding and Grade 2 which includes cherry-red spots, telangiectasias, angiodysplasia-like lesions, and varices.
Since cyanoacrylate injection is the first line therapy for variceal bleeding from gastric varices, the readers have the chance of knowing the authors' experience.
A review of intravenous contrast-enhanced CT imaging showed extensive venous varices around the stoma involving the abdominal wall with a large draining varix arising from the portal system, likely the inferior mesenteric vein [Figure 1].
Ando et al., "A case of vaginal varices that caused massive bleeding after vaginal delivery," The Shinshu Medical Journal, vol.
Other complications in PVT patients with cirrhosis were portal hypertensive gastropathy (n = 7, 46.7%), esophageal varices (n = 7, 46.7%), gastric varices (n = 3, 20.0%), and variceal hemorrhage (n = 5, 33.3%).
The clinical significance increases when portal pressure increases above 10 mmHg (formation of varices) and above 12 mmHg (variceal bleeding and ascites).