tissue from cirrhosis may block the proper flow of blood from the intestines through the
liver. The scarring can lead to increased pressure in the veins that supply this area. This is called
portal hypertension. It can lead to
other complications, which may include:
syndrome. Kidney (renal) failure can occur in cases of advanced liver disease.
Hepatopulmonary syndrome. Portal
hypertension can cause lung problems, such as
widening of the blood vessels in the lungs. This causes the blood to
move too swiftly through the lungs to pick up enough oxygen.
Hepatic hydrothorax. Fluid can
build up between the lungs and the chest (pleural effusion) and press on the
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March 12, 2014
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