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Portal Hypertension

When the blood that flows through the portal vein exerts more pressure on the blood vessel walls, it is called portal hypertension. The portal vein carries blood to the liver from the stomach and other digestive organs. The rise in pressure is usually due to a blockage in the vein. The other causes include liver cirrhosis or scarring, hepatitis, and alcohol abuse.

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Is borderline portal hypertension a cause of concern?

Query: Hi doctor, I did a CT scan for my back area due to frequent urination. It showed borderline portal hypertension with a borderline enlarged spleen and mildly enlarged portal vein. I used to be an alcoholic for about 15 years, but now I have not taken alcohol for the past six years. I am planning to s...  Read Full »

Dr. Ajeet Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thanks for writing in, and I understand your concern. It is confirmed that you have portal hypertension, meaning increased pressure in the portal vein. The portal vein is one of the blood supplies to the liver. Portal hypertension develops with cirrhosis or liver dis...  Read Full »

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