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What causes portal hypertension?

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The most common cause is cirrhosis of the liver. In people with cirrhosis, the scar tissue blocks the flow of blood through the liver.

Other causes of portal hypertension include blood clots in the portal vein, blockages of the veins that carry the blood from the liver to the heart, a parasitic infection called schistosomiasis, and focal nodular hyperplasia, a disease seen in people infected with HIV.

From: What Is Portal Hypertension? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: WebMD Medical Reference. The Merck Manual.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on December 21, 2018

SOURCES: WebMD Medical Reference. The Merck Manual.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on December 21, 2018

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