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Portal Hypertension

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What is portal hypertension?

Portal hypertension is high blood pressure in the portal vein of your liver. Your portal vein is the main blood supply for your liver. Certain diseases cause scar tissue that narrows the veins in your liver. The scar tissue slows blood flow through your liver. This causes the blood pressure in your liver to rise.

What causes or increases my risk for portal hypertension?

What are the signs and symptoms of portal hypertension?

How is portal hypertension diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask about your signs and symptoms and history of liver problems. He or she may also ask if you have had an injury to your abdomen or blood clotting problems. Tell him or her if you have used birth control pills or taken vitamin A recently. You may also need any of the following:

How is portal hypertension treated?

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

What can I do to manage portal hypertension?

Call 911 if:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

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