Published online Aug 21, 2013. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v19.i31.5125
Revised: June 13, 2013
Accepted: July 4, 2013
Published online: August 21, 2013
Core tip: As ruptured gastric varices are associated with high rates of recurrent bleeding and mortality, quick treatment is essential. Balloon-occluded retrograde transvenous obliteration (BRTO) is a minimally invasive treatment for gastric varices with a high success rate and a low recurrence rate. Emergency BRTO is an effective and safe treatment, providing temporary hemostasis of ruptured gastric varices can be achieved, allowing the sclerosant to accumulate in the varices.