What are the increased risks of portopulmonary hypertension (PPHTN) in cirrhosis?

Updated: Jul 30, 2018
  • Author: David C Wolf, MD, FACP, FACG, AGAF, FAASLD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Routine Doppler echocardiography is performed as part of the regular workup in many liver transplant programs to rule out the interval development of PPHTN in patients on the transplant waiting list. Indeed, the presence of a mean pulmonary pressure of greater than 35 mm Hg significantly increases the risks of liver transplant surgery. Patients who develop severe PPHTN may require aggressive medical therapy in an effort to stabilize pulmonary artery pressures and to decrease their chance of perioperative mortality.


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