Budd-Chiari syndrome; Hepatic veno-occlusive disease
Treatment varies, depending on the cause of the blockage.
- Blood-thinning (anticoagulation) medications
- Clot-busting drugs (thrombolytic treatment)
- Treatment for the liver disease, including ascites
- Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (
- Venous shunt surgery
Hepatic vein obstruction can get worse and lead to liver failure, which can be life-threatening.
Calling your health care provider
Call your health care provider if:
- You have symptoms of hepatic vein obstruction
- You are being treated for this condition and you develop new symptoms
Review Date: 07/07/2010
Reviewed By: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine; and George F. Longstreth, MD, Department of Gastroenterology, Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program, San Diego, California. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.