portal hypertension

portal hypertension
increase in blood pressure in the veins of the portal system caused by obstruction in the liver (often associated with alcoholic cirrhosis), causing enlargement of the spleen and collateral veins
Hypernyms: ↑malignant hypertension

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Etymology: portal (II)
: hypertension produced by the pressure from accumulated blood in the portal system usually associated with cirrhotic changes in the liver and accompanied by the formation of hemorrhagic varices in the esophagus

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