Esophageal varices

From Libre Pathology
Jump to: navigation, search

Esophageal varices are a relatively common pathology of the esophagus that typically arises in the context of cirrhosis.

General

Gross

  • Prominent blood vessels in the distal eosphagus.

Note:

  • At autopsy its best demonstrated by inversion of the esophagus.[2]

Image:

Microscopic

Features:

  • Large dilated submucosal veins - key feature.
  • +/-Blood (fresh).
  • +/-Hemosiderin-laden macrophages.

Image:

See also

References

  1. Tsochatzis, EA.; Triantos, CK.; Garcovich, M.; Burroughs, AK. (Feb 2011). "Primary prevention of variceal hemorrhage.". Curr Gastroenterol Rep 13 (1): 3-9. doi:10.1007/s11894-010-0160-x. PMID 21086193.
  2. Burton, Julian L.; Rutty, Guy N. (2010). The Hospital Autopsy A Manual of Fundamental Autopsy Practice (3rd ed.). Oxford University Press. pp. 140. ISBN 978-0340965146.
  3. URL: http://www.pathguy.com/lectures/guts.htm. Accessed on: 24 April 2013.