A finding with consequences?
This was found at gastroscopy in a middle aged patient with anaemia
WHICH STATEMENT IS CORRECT?
■ The severity is related to the severity of the underlying disease
This is generally thought to be the case!
■ Its generally more marked in the distal vs the proximal stomach
It's the other way around actually
■ Beta blockers don't help
Beta blockers do reduce gastric perfusion
■ The condition is irreversible
A reduction in portal pressure improves the condition
Congestion secondary to portal hypertension is thought to be the primary cause of Portal Hypertensive Gastropathy. However, other factors may also play a part such as mucosal protective mechanisms, inflammatory response, local vascular tone, hepatic function, gastric mucosal perfusion, endotoxin, and gastric sucrose permeability, have been suggested to influence the development of Portal Hypertensive Gastropathy. However, because Portal Hypertensive Gastropathy is a dynamic condition which improves after liver transplantation or after TIPS, suggests that it IS portal hypertension which is the primary driver.
There is a correlation between Portal Hypertensive Gastropathy and Child-Pugh stage, HVPG (hepatic vein pressure gradient), MELD score, albumin level, bilirubin, platelet count, INR and even survival [Bang CS. BMC Gastro 2016;16(93]
You are right, there is also a small oesophageal varix visible!