Portal hypertension

Definition of Portal hypertension:

High blood pressure (hypertension) in the hepatic portal system, which is made up of the portal vein and its branches that drain from most of the intestine into the liver.  Hypertension occurs when there is an obstruction of blood flow through the liver, for example due to liver cirrhosis, and pressure rises within the portal vein.

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“...When portal hypertension develops as a result of liver cirrhosis, blood bypasses the liver and is diverted to abdominal peritoneal vessels...”

Budd-Chiari Syndrome

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“...Symptoms include ... Bleeding in the esophagus (portal hypertension can lead to varicose veins in the esophagus)...”
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Cirrhosis of the Liver

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“...Portal hypertension.  Normally, blood from the intestines and spleen is carried to the liver through the portal vein...”

Enlarged Spleen

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“...Liver Diseases Cirrhosis (portal vein obstruction, portal hypertension); Sclerosing cholangitis; Wilson's disease; Biliary atresia; Cystic fibrosis; Hemolytic anemias Thalassemia; Hemoglobinopathies; Hemolytic anemia due to G6PD deficiency...”

Hemochromatosis (Iron overload)

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“...The causes of death in untreated patients include cardiac failure (30%), liver failure or portal hypertension (25%), and hepatocellular carcinoma (30%)...”
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