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INFORMATION FOR WOMEN WHO HAVE PORTAL HYPERTENSION DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

                                                                                                                                                

What is portal hypertension during pregnancy?

Portal hypertension is high blood pressure (hypertension) in the hepatic portal system, a system of veins that carries blood to the liver from various sections of the gastrointestinal tract, the spleen, pancreas, and gallbladder. The pressure in this system increases due to liver cirrhosis, the main causes of which are alcoholism, hepatitis B virus (HBV), and hepatitis C virus (HCV). Liver disease with cirrhosis is rare during pregnancy, but HBV is fairly common in certain parts of the world. Additionally, non-cirrhotic portal hypertension (NCPH) also can occur. This can happen due to various, recognized causes, such as infections, autoimmune diseases (such as SLE [lupus]), and toxins affecting the liver and processes upstream and downstream from the liver. If no cause can be diagnosed, the condition is called idiopathic non-cirrhotic portal hypertension (INCPH).


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