Budd-Chiari syndrome

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A rare condition that follows obstruction of the hepatic veins by a blood clot. In the majority of cases the cause is unknown but hypercoagulable states, local or disseminated malignancy, and infections are some of the possible causes. It is characterized by abdominal pain, hepatomegaly, jaundice, ascites, and rapid decline in liver function. G. Budd (1808–82), British physician; H. Chiari (1851–1916), German pathologist

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