What Is Budd Chiari Syndrome?

By james
Sep 25, 2020
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Whenever we eat or drink, we ingest some compounds that are not good for us, or are at least not needed. This includes various toxins that might do us harm if they were allowed to build up in our system. To overcome this problem, we evolved livers that help to filter out unwanted substances from the food that we eat.

This makes it very important that the liver is kept in good health, and we would die if we were to lose our liver altogether. Things can go wrong with our liver, however, and some of these problems can be very dangerous for us. One such problem is Budd Chiari syndrome, although it can be treated most of the time.

1. Budd-Chiari Syndrome

The hepatic veins help to carry used blood away from the liver. There are 3 upper hepatic veins, and between 6 to 20 lower hepatic veins, which are smaller. It is important that these veins are in good working order to ensure used blood can continue flowing into and out of the liver as usual.

Budd-Chiari syndrome is a rare condition where the patient’s hepatic veins are blocked or become narrower, thus limiting or stopping the flow of blood from the liver. There are different reasons why this can happen and there are different types of the disease. The disease can cause liver damage, which can range from mild to serious.

Budd Chiari Syndrome

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