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Having Liver cirrhossis. Diagnosed with varices. Pain in shoulder blade when swallowing. Caused by varices?

I have liver cirrhosis from blood transfusions Inreceived in1977. I have already dealt with Class action over this I have never drank in my life-now ag 82. I have now been diagnosed with small varices and wonder how this will affect me--now I seem to hurt a little when I swallow and a pain goes through my shoulder bl.ade-- is this from the varices. I do see my specialist on Apr 4, but would like to know what is going on in the mean time
Asked On : Sun, 24 Mar 2013
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General Surgeon 's  Response
Apr 2013
Hi and welcome to HCM.
It shouldnt affect you until it bleeds or cause stomac stenosis. Varices are usual consequence of liver damage and when it appear it usually goes through stages(grades). It is evaluated by gastroscopy where we can see how is it serious and is there any danger of bleeding. So doctors need to see is there any progression in size of varices and does it need endoscopic treatment. It can cause symtpoms you ve mentioned unfortunately son consult your doctor about some method of varix removal.
Wish you good health.
Answered: Mon, 25 Mar 2013
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Internal Medicine Specialist Dr. Enrique Molina's  Response
varices do not cause pain. They get bigger with time without any symptoms until they blow up and start bleeding. This is very dangerous and you can bleed out to death. Therefore you should take a medication to make them smaller and prevent them from bleeding, or get an endoscopic procedure to get them erradicated. Talk to a gastroenterologist.
The pain is something unrelated.
Answered: Sun, 24 Mar 2013
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