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Don't Get Vexed by Variceal Treatment

Question: What methods can gastroenterologists use to treat esophageal and gastric varices, and how should I report these services? Idaho Subscriber Answer: Gastroenterologists typically treat esophageal and gastric varices (enlarged blood vessels) using one of two methods: endoscopic sclerotherapy and band ligation.  In the first step of endoscopic sclerotherapy, the gastroenterologist passes a needle through an endoscope into the esophagus and injects [...]

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