EDDY D. PALMER
Uncertainties regarding the natural behavior of esophageal varices continue to interfere with evaluation of cirrhotic patients for surgical portal decompression. Following perfection of operations for eliminating or reducing varices by shunting the portal blood flow around the liver, it became evident that the dynamic capabilities of varices had previously been badly underestimated. It was especially a revelation to discover that varices must be expected to wax and wane, even though the liver histopathology remains static. Many of the disquieting questions which have necessarily arisen over the magnitude of these dynamic changes should be soluble through repeated variceal mensuration with the
PALMER ED. ON THE NATURAL HISTORY OF ESOPHAGEAL VARICES WHICH ARE SECONDARY TO PORTAL CIRRHOSIS*. Ann Intern Med. 1957;47:18–26. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-47-1-18
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1957;47(1):18-26.
Esophageal Disorders, Gastroenterology/Hepatology, Liver Disease, Tobacco, Alcohol, and Other Substance Abuse.
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