Abstract In some patients with massive hemorrhage from esophageal varices, and particularly in extrahepatic portal obstruction, shunting procedures fail to prevent further significant bleeding or are technically impossible. For this relatively small group of patients with portal hypertension, a variety of approaches have been proposed, including varix ligation,1 hepatic or splenic arterial ligation,2 injection of sclerosing agents,3 omentopexy,4 mediastinal packing,5 gastric and esophageal transection and resuture,6-8 and gastric and esophageal resection. These latter operations have been designed either to excise the acid-secreting portions of the stomach and thereby prevent acidpeptic erosion of the mucosal covering of the varices, or to excise the varix tissue itself. 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