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Australas Radiol. 2002 Sep;46(3):299-301.

Segmental hyperattenuation in the liver as a result of right hepatic vein thrombosis: an unusual complication of central venous catheterization.

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Radiology,University of Ankara, School of Medicine, Ibn-I Sina Hospital, Sihhiye, Turkey. sfitoz@yahoo.com

Abstract

Liver perfusion disorder secondary to hepatic vein occlusion is not often reported. This abnormality might be caused by invasion of the hepatic veins by tumour or compression by a large right adrenal mass. We present an unusual cause of hepatic perfusion disturbance due to right hepatic vein thrombosis resulting from inadvertent hepatic venous catheterization. On contrast-enhanced CT, the tip of a central venous catheter extended into the right hepatic vein, which was thrombosed. A sharply marginated wedge-shaped hyperdense region was demonstrated in the right lobe of the liver, thought to represent a compensatory increase in arterial flow to the affected territory.

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