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Evaluation of Esophageal Varices by Multidetector-row CT: Correlation with Endoscopic ‘Red Color Sign’

Author(s): Mifune,Hirofumi | Akaki,Shiro | Ida,Kentaro | Sei,Tetsuro | Kanazawa,Susumu | Okada,Hiroyuki

Journal: Acta Medica Okayama
ISSN 0386-300X

Volume: 61;
Issue: 5;
Start page: 247;
Date: 2007;
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Keywords: esophageal varices | red color sign | MDCT

To evaluate the ability of multidetector-row CT (MDCT) to predict a risk of hemorrhage in patients with esophageal varices, a total of 40 MDCT scans were performed in 29 patients who had been diagnosed with esophageal varices by conventional upper gastrointestinal tract endoscopy. In 11 patients, MDCT was performed both before and after endoscopic injection sclerotherapy (EIS). Endoscopically, the red color sign (RC sign) was present in 28 scans. Of the 11 patients who underwent EIS, the RC sign disappeared after EIS in 9. The MDCT scans were obtained in the arterial, portal, and equilibrial phases, and the portal phase images were used in this study. Subsequently, the extent of esophageal varices was categorized into four MDCT scores. The variceal score, the maximum short axis of the varices, and the presence of palisade vein dilatation obtained from MDCT had significant correlation with endoscopic variceal forms, and the presence and severity of RC sign, respectively (p
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