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my us abd report reads "the portal vein is patent with hepatopetal flow. portal vein velocity measures 9.2 cm/s" the velocity is what concerns me and what does this mean exactly? thank you!

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Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Flow: The portal vein runs between your stomach and your liver. When you digest food the basic products are collected in your stomach circulation and delivered to your liver by the portal vein. Regular flow is 20 to 40 cm/s. This is measured by ultrasound. The ultrasonographer takes a cross section of your portal vein and are able to measure flow. You are flowing, but your rate is slower at 9.2 cm/s

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