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can you tell me how hepatic portal vein anastomose with superior vena cava and inferior vena cava?

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Dr. Jeffrey Ramkaransingh
Interventional Radiology 20 years experience
Normal anatomy?: The portal vein is majority blood supply to the liver. It carries nutrient-rich blood from the gut to the liver. After passing through the liver, blood leaves via the hepatic veins and enters the inferior vena cava. There is a procedure, called TIPS, which creates a direct shunt between the portal vein and hepatic vein.

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Is it normal to get varicose veins?

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What are the differences between arteries and veins?

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What are the causes of hepatic metastases?

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Hepatic mets: I think you mean what cancers can cause hepatic mets. It usually happens when cancer spread through blood circulation in liver. Many different type of cancer can spread to liver. Most commonly colon, any cancer of digestive system and lung cancer. But mostly any cancer can spread to liver.
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Is there a quick fix for varicose veins?

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Are there any homeopathic remedies for varicose veins?

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For the most part, Dr. McNeill is right. There are no homeopathic medicines that will change the appearance of abnormal veins. Horse chestnut and, especially, certain phlebotonics have been shown to decrease swelling due to varicose veins but that is only a temporary solution. If you have varicose veins and swelling, you should see a phlebologist and be evaluated for more definitive treatment.
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