Hong Kong Med J 2007;13:69-72 | Number 1, February 2007
Hepatic portal venous gas complicating septic thrombophlebitis of the superior mesenteric vein
TN Chau, TKL Loke, VKS Leung, ST Law, MHY Lai, YW Ho
Department of Medicine and Geriatrics, United Christian Hospital, Hong Kong
Hepatic portal venous gas is a rare radiological finding with a wide spectrum of underlying pathologies. We describe a case of hepatic portal venous gas due to septic thrombophlebitis of the superior mesenteric vein. The clinical management of portomesenteric venous gas and the importance of computed tomography in delineating its underlying causes are discussed.
Key words: Hepatic veins; Mesenteric veins; Portal vein; Thrombophlebitis; Tomography, X-ray computed
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