My mother had cirrhosis we assumed was from alcoholism, but I know she had hepatitis at least 10 yrs. prior. Her death certificate listed Varices of esophagus as cause of death. I just wonder if they had any treatments back then. She was 47.
I was in nursing school then. Gastroenterology was really in its infancy. The scope had just come out. They were just figuring out what they could do with it. The only thing could be done was hope to keep the blood pressure in the portal vein down but there was nothing else then. Once they started bleeding they couldn't do much.
In essence she did die from alcoholism. The blood gets forced through the spleen and the liver is cirrhotic it forms massive varices on the esophagus due to poor portal blood flow. This days they put in a shunt or if you are lucky like me the paraumbilical recanalizes creating a natural shunt.
The issue with bleeding esophageal varices is that each bleed has a 25% -30% death rate.
You can't sue them, they did nothing wrong.
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