Which findings of portal hypertension may be present in primary biliary cholangitis (PBC)?

Updated: Nov 08, 2017
  • Author: Nikolaos T Pyrsopoulos, MD, PhD, MBA, FACP, AGAF; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Answer

Once cirrhosis develops, findings compatible with portal hypertension can be observed, including the following:

  • Nodular appearance of the liver

  • Splenomegaly

  • Intra-abdominal varices

  • Ascites

In patients with cirrhosis, follow-up imaging every 6 months with abdominal ultrasonography is suggested for early detection of hepatic malignancy.


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