Which lab studies are performed in the evaluation of Budd-Chiari syndrome?

Updated: Oct 10, 2018
  • Author: Praveen K Roy, MD, AGAF; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Examination of the ascitic fluid provides useful clues to the diagnosis of Budd-Chiari syndrome, including the following:

  • Patients usually have high protein concentrations (>2 g/dL); this may not be present in persons with the acute form of the disease

  • The white blood cell (WBC) count is usually less than 500/µL

  • The serum ascites–albumin gradient is usually less than 1.1 (except in the acute forms of Budd-Chiari syndrome)


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