What are the signs and symptoms of Budd-Chiari syndrome?

Updated: Jul 30, 2018
  • Author: David C Wolf, MD, FACP, FACG, AGAF, FAASLD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Symptoms of Budd-Chiari syndrome are attributed to decreased outflow of blood from the liver, with resulting hepatic congestion and portal hypertension. These symptoms include hepatomegaly, abdominal pain, and ascites. Cirrhosis ensues only later in the course of disease. Differentiating Budd-Chiari syndrome from cirrhosis by history or physical examination may be difficult. Thus, Budd-Chiari syndrome must be included in the differential diagnosis of conditions that produce ascites and varices.


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