Other Names for this Disease
- Hepatic vein obstruction
- Hepatic veno-occlusive disease
Your QuestionMy nephew has been diagnosed with Budd-Chiari syndrome. What is the treatment for this condition?
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The treatment of Budd-Chiari syndrome varies, depending on the cause of the blockage. Medical treatments may include:
- Blood-thinning (anticoagulation) medications
- Clot-busting drugs (thrombolytic treatment)
- Treatment for the liver disease, including ascites
Surgical treatments may also be considered and include:
- Angioplasty and stent placement
- Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS)
- Venous shunt surgery
While medical therapy can be instituted for short-term, symptomatic benefit, medical therapy alone has been associated with a high 2-year mortality rate (80-85%).
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