Gastrointestinal bleeding is the main symptom of portal hypertension. This symptom brings many other complications with it. Other symptoms of portal hypertension are abnormal brain function, kidney failure, infection and accumulation of fluid in the abdomen, which is also known as ascites.
If we talk about the diagnosing process of portal hypertension, there is no simple test that can tell us whether or not the person is suffering from portal hypertension. For the diagnosis of the problem, the doctor sees whether the person is experiencing the symptoms of portal hypertension or not. The most used medical imaging techniques used for the diagnosing processes are MRI, ultrasound and CT.
Many treatments can be used for treating the condition and even the complications which come with the condition. Treatment options include surgery, interventional radiology and endoscopic therapy. There is an interventional process which is transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS). In this process, an interventional radiologist uses a stent to connect the portal vein with hepatic veins.
The goal of this process is to reduce pressure in veins, prevent the veins from bleeding, and make the formation of ascites less.
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