The Anatomy and Pathomorphology of Esophageal Varices

  • Masahiro Arakawa
  • Masayoshi Kage


Because of technical difficulties, few studies have explored the following four problems related to esophageal varices: (1) the angioarchitecture of the lower esophagus, (2) the changing pattern of vascularity in portal hypertension, (3) the confirmation and pathological findings of the bleeding point in ruptured esophageal varices, a frequent cause of death in portal hypertension, and (4) a comparison between endoscopic findings and the pathomorphology of esophageal varices. The difficulties are attributed to the changes in the appearance of the varices from the time of active bleeding to autopsy. They prevent gross exploration of varices at autopsy, and a special technique is required for pathomorphologic examination.


Portal Hypertension Lamina Propria Esophageal Varix Gastric Varix Lower Esophagus 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Masahiro Arakawa
  • Masayoshi Kage
    • 1
  1. 1.First Department of PathologyKurume University School of MedicineKurume, 830Japan

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