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Hepatic vein obstruction (Budd-Chiari)

  • Alternative Names

    Budd-Chiari syndrome; Hepatic veno-occlusive disease


    Treatment varies, depending on the cause of the blockage.

    Medical treatments:

    • Blood-thinning (anticoagulation) medications
    • Clot-busting drugs (thrombolytic treatment)
    • Treatment for the liver disease, including ascites

    Surgical treatments:

    • Angioplasty and stent placement
    • Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS)
    • Venous shunt surgery

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    Expectations (prognosis)


    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