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Disease Information : PH : Diagnosis

Portal Hypertension : Diagnosis

Unfortunately, there is no simple way or test to show if a person has portal hypertension. We cannot use a blood-pressure cuff like we can on an arm to measure “whole body” hypertension. Doctors become aware of portal hypertension when its signs and symptoms are first noticed. Imaging and laboratory tests suggest cirrhosis, which can be further diagnosed by a liver biopsy.

Some patients who undergo a biopsy will also have special pressure measurements taken in the liver at the same time to diagnose portal hypertension. Many of the imaging studies such as CT, MRI and ultrasound can also show signs of portal hypertension such as varices and enlargement of the spleen.