Chapter 10. Complications of Variceal Sclerotherapy, Ligation and Balloon Tamponade

  1. Tony C. K. Tham MD, FRCP, FRCPI Consultant Gastroenterologist Head of School of Medicine2,3,
  2. John S. A. Collins MD Consultant Gastroenterologist4 and
  3. Roy M. Soetikno MD, MS Chief Associate Professor5,6
  1. Yan Zhong MD,
  2. Stefan Seewald MD Professor of Internal Medicine and
  3. Nib Soehendra MD Professor of Surgery

Published Online: 9 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444303292.ch10

Gastrointestinal Emergencies, Second Edition

Gastrointestinal Emergencies, Second Edition

How to Cite

Zhong, Y., Seewald, S. and Soehendra, N. (2008) Complications of Variceal Sclerotherapy, Ligation and Balloon Tamponade, in Gastrointestinal Emergencies, Second Edition (eds T. C. K. Tham, J. S. A. Collins and R. M. Soetikno), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444303292.ch10

Editor Information

  1. 2

    The Ulster Hospital, Dundonald, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

  2. 3

    Northern Ireland deanery, UK

  3. 4

    Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

  4. 5

    GI Section, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, USA

  5. 6

    Stanford University, USA

Author Information

  1. Department for Interdisciplinary Endoscopy, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 9 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 28 NOV 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405146340

Online ISBN: 9781444303292



  • complications of variceal sclerotherapy, ligation and ballon tamponade;
  • perforation, esophageal fistula;
  • dysphagia, retrosternal discomfort, fever, pleural effusion;
  • endoscopic band ligation;
  • strictures and endoscopic sclerotherapy;
  • retrosternal pain, dysphagia, bacteremia;
  • esophageal stricture following band ligation;
  • controlling massive variceal hemorrhage from unidentifiable bleeding site


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • General aspects

  • Specific complications

  • References