Gastric varices account for 10%–30% of all variceal bleeds and are associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Interventional radiology–guided therapies such as balloon-occluded retrograde transvenous obliteration and coil-assisted retrograde transvenous obliteration can provide hemostasis when traditional endoscopic treatments such as cyanoacrylate injection fail. However, their applicability in certain cases can be limited because of anatomical constraints. We describe the use of endoscopic ultrasound–guided coil and absorbable gelatin sponge injection for the treatment of bleeding gastric varices arising from pancreatitis-induced splenic vein thrombosis not amenable to interventional radiology–guided therapies.
1Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Endoscopy, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Correspondence: Marvin Ryou, MD, 45 Francis St, ASB-II, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston, MA 02115 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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Received October 18, 2018
Accepted December 07, 2018