Predictors of Bleeding from Esophageal Varices: The Role of Factor VII and von Willebrand Factor (vWF)
OBJECTIVES: Bleeding from gastroesophageal varices is the most serious and life-threatening complication of cirrhosis and accounts for 10% of all cases of bleeding from the upper gastrointestinal tract. It is essential to identify and treat those patients at the highest risk because each episode of variceal hemorrhage carries a 20% to 30% risk of death, and up to 70% of ... Read more