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What is portal hypertension?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner
Portal hypertension is one complication of cirrhosis. The portal vein runs between the liver and the intestines. It can develop high blood pressure, or hypertension, in someone who has cirrhosis. Portal hypertension happens because blood cannot flow easily through the scar tissue in a liver affected by cirrhosis. Portal hypertension can cause bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract, and is treated with blood pressure medication or, in some cases, a stent in the portal vein.

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