Portal Hypertension Symptoms & Signs
Portal hypertension is a condition characterized by elevated pressure within the portal venous system, including the portal vein that carries blood to the liver and its smaller branches.
Signs and symptoms of portal hypertension are related to the backup of pressure within the venous system. These can include varices, or enlarged veins, in the esophagus or stomach. Varices can cause vomiting blood or black, tarry stool. Other associated symptoms can include
- splenomegaly or enlargement of the spleen,
- thrombocytopenia, and
- decreased white blood cell counts.