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Dig Dis Sci. 1988 Dec;33(12):1615-20.

Recovery from hepatic vein thrombosis (Budd-Chiari syndrome) complicating ulcerative colitis.

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Department of Internal Medicine, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta 30912-2623.


A 22-year-old female with active ulcerative colitis developed massive ascites, hypoalbuminemia, and hepatomegaly compatible with thrombosis of the hepatic veins. The diagnosis of Budd-Chiari syndrome was confirmed by ultrasonography, computed tomography, and by liver biopsy. A search of the literature disclosed only three previous reports of Budd-Chiari syndrome occurring in patients with ulcerative colitis. All patients have been young females with active colitis and no other known risk factor for the development of hepatic vein thrombosis. Our patient, unlike the previously reported patients who died, recovered sufficiently to be discharged from the hospital.

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