Varix And Angioma Of The Esophagus

These lesions are sometimes the cause of esophageal hemorrhage, the

regurgitated blood being bright red, and alkaline in reaction, in

contradistinction to the acid coffee ground blood of gastric origin.

Esophageal varices may coexist with the common dilatation of the

venous system in which the veins of the rectum, scrotum, and legs are

most conspicuously affected. Cirrhosis and cancer of the liver may, by

interference with the portal circulation, produce dilatation of the

veins in the lower third of the esophagus. Angioma of the esophagus is

amenable to radium treatment.

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