Portal Hypertension: Symptoms, Causes, & Diagnose

Portal Hypertension


Portal Hypertension is an increase in the pressure within the portal vein, which carries Blood from the Digestive Organ to the Liver. The most common cause is Cirrhosis of the liver, but Thrombosis (Clotting) might also be the cause.

  • Symptoms
    • Blood in Vomiting
    • Bleeding from Varices
    • Gastrointestinal Bleeding
    • Black, Tarry Stools or Blood in Stool
    • Ascites: An accumulation of fluid in the abdomen.
  • Causes
    • The most common cause of Portal Hypertension is Cirrhosis or Scarring of the liver.
    • Portal Hypertension may also be caused by Thrombosis or a Blood clot that develops in the Portal Vein.
  • Diagnose
    • Endoscopic Examination
    • Ultrasound Studies
    • Lab Tests

They confirm that you have variceal bleeding. Further treatment is necessary to reduce the risk of recurrent bleeding.


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