Current management of the complications of portal hypertension: variceal bleeding and ascites.

@article{Dib2006CurrentMO,
  title={Current management of the complications of portal hypertension: variceal bleeding and ascites.},
  author={Nina Dib and Fr{\'e}d{\'e}ric Oberti and Paul Cal{\`e}s},
  journal={CMAJ : Canadian Medical Association journal = journal de l'Association medicale canadienne},
  year={2006},
  volume={174 10},
  pages={
          1433-43
        }
}
Portal hypertension is one of the main consequences of cirrhosis. It results from a combination of increased intrahepatic vascular resistance and increased blood flow through the portal venous system. The condition leads to the formation of portosystemic collateral veins. Esophagogastric varices have the greatest clinical impact, with a risk of bleeding as high as 30% within 2 years of medium or large varices developing. Ascites, another important complication of advanced cirrhosis and severe… CONTINUE READING

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