Haemodynamic evaluation by Doppler ultrasonography in patients with portal hypertension: a review

Liver International, 10/11/2010

Baik SK – Doppler US using microbubble contrast agents allows measurement of intrahepatic circulatory time. Therefore, application of contrast–enhanced Doppler US can be prospective for the assessment of the severity of portal hypertension. Several reports have demonstrated that colour Doppler endoscopic US enable haemodynamic study to assess the portal hypertension and has a role of guidance to measure the imaging–based variceal pressure. The authors have reviewed briefly the clinical usefulness of Doppler US in assessing the severity of portal hypertension and its response to treatment.

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