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Vascular disorders of the liver 

Vascular disorders of the liver
Vascular disorders of the liver

Alexander Gimson

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date: 25 February 2021

The liver’s complex blood supply and high metabolic activity may be affected in a number of clinical situations when there is reduced splanchnic inflow and impaired hepatic venous outflow. Budd–Chiari syndrome is caused by obstruction to hepatic venous outflow, usually by thrombosis within the hepatic veins. Causes include myeloproliferative disease, malignancy, and hypercoagulable states. Presentation may be acute, subacute, or chronic, and the diagnosis requires consideration in any patient presenting with acute liver failure, acute hepatitis, or chronic liver disease. Diagnosis is made by Doppler ultrasonography of the hepatic veins and confirmed with CT or MRI scanning. Management depends on the presentation, but involves anticoagulation in all cases, and thrombolysis, measures to decompress the liver, and liver transplantation in some. Survival is about 75% at 5 years. Other conditions discussed include congestive hepatopathy, ischaemic hepatopathy, hepatic artery aneurysm, and portal vein thrombosis.

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