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Study evaluates treatments for acute variceal bleeding

A study in the journal Gut found an upper endoscopy using a hemostatic powder within two hours of hospital admission, plus next-day elective endoscopy, was better at treating acute variceal bleeding in liver cirrhosis patients than the use of a hemostatic power at admission and elective endoscopy the next day. Researchers said five patients who had the hemostatic powder intervention needed a rescue endoscopy, compared with 13 control subjects.

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