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Noncirrhotic portal hypertension

Juan Carlos Garcia-Pagán, MD, PhD
Jason Chang Pik Eu, MBBS, MRCP
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Sanjiv Chopra, MD, MACP
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Anne C Travis, MD, MSc, FACG, AGAF


Portal hypertension is defined by a pathologic increase in the pressure of the portal venous system. Cirrhosis is the most common cause of portal hypertension, but it can also be present in the absence of cirrhosis, a condition referred to as "noncirrhotic portal hypertension."

This topic will review the differential diagnosis of noncirrhotic portal hypertension and will discuss in detail two of the disorders associated with noncirrhotic portal hypertension, schistosomiasis, and idiopathic noncirrhotic portal hypertension. Other causes of noncirrhotic portal hypertension are discussed elsewhere.

(See "Acute portal vein thrombosis in adults: Clinical manifestations, diagnosis, and management".)

(See "Chronic portal vein thrombosis in adults: Clinical manifestations, diagnosis, and management".)

(See "Clinical manifestations, diagnosis, and prognosis of primary biliary cholangitis (primary biliary cirrhosis)".)


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