What is hepatopulmonary syndrome (HPS) in patients with cirrhosis?

Updated: Jul 30, 2018
  • Author: David C Wolf, MD, FACP, FACG, AGAF, FAASLD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Patients also may have hepatopulmonary syndrome (HPS). In this condition, pulmonary arteriovenous anastomoses result in arteriovenous shunting. HPS is a potentially progressive and life-threatening complication of cirrhosis. Classic HPS is marked by the symptom of platypnea and the finding of orthodeoxia, but the syndrome must be considered in any patient with cirrhosis who has evidence of oxygen desaturation.


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