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What is portal hypertension?

What is portal hypertension?

Portal hypertension: This is an obstructive condition of the venous outflow from the liver, often associated with cirrhosis. It causes abdominal distension and fluid leak into the legs and abdomen. ...Read more

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Dr. Suzanne Galli
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Hypertension (Definition)

A blood pressure reading has two numbers: a systolic blood pressure and a diastolic blood pressure. The systolic blood pressure is the maximum pressure the blood exerts on the vessels when the heart is beating. The diastolic blood pressure is the pressure the blood exerts on the vessels in between heartbeats. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, begins when the systolic blood pressure remains above 140 or when the diastolic blood pressure remains above 90. Hypertension can be a result of increased blood flow through vessels or increased resistance to ...Read more


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What is portal hypertension with enlargement of main portal vein with presence of perisplenic and perigastric variceals? How serious is this?

What is portal hypertension with enlargement of main portal vein with presence of perisplenic and perigastric variceals?   How serious is this?

Has risk: Portal hypertension is the elevation of porta pressure. May occur in liver cirrhosis. Varices are dilation of vessels making them susceptible to bleeding. Alcohol should be avoided and beta blockers may be helpful in reducing portal pressure. ...Read more

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Are hypertension and portal hypertension the same thing?

Are hypertension and portal hypertension the same thing?

No: Hypertension is elevated systemic blood pressure, but portal hypertension is when the pressure of the portal vein is elevated. The portal vein is a big vessel that goes from the gastrointestinal tract to the liver, the pressure in this vein can become elevated in cirrhosis( hardening of the liver), in alcoholic liver disease, in hepatitis or from other causes of cirrhosis. ...Read more

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What kind of imaging can be used to look for portal hypertension?

Diagnosis of: portal hypertension can be diagnosed based on medical history, physical examination showing dilated veins, varices and presence of ascitis, Lab test, abdomen ultrasound and CT Scan can be used. In the presence of GI bleeding Endoscopy may help in diagnosis and treatment ...Read more

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What are the most common reasons people develop portal hypertension?

What are the most common reasons people develop portal hypertension?

Cirrhosis: Portal hypertension can be caused by cirrhosis, clots which can develop in the portal vein and the parasite, schistosomiasis. Sometimes medications can be used to reduce portal pressure. If you think you have portal hypertension, you should see a physician. ...Read more

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Is portal hypertension the only way a person can get esoph varices?

Is portal hypertension the only way a person can get esoph varices?

Fundamentally, yes: Hi. Good question, and there could be rare alternative explanations, but from a basic standpoint, yes, portal HTN is the cause of esophageal varices. ...Read more

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Can portal hypertension cause headache?

Portal hypertension: The portal pressure usually won't cause headache but the liver disease abnormalities associated with the problem could. ...Read more

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Is it true that cirrhosis of the liver can lead to portal hypertension?

Is it true that cirrhosis of the liver can  lead to portal hypertension?

Portal htn: Yes. As the liver becomes fibrotic the blood from the portal vein sees greater resistance and pressure in the portal vein rises. ...Read more

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