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Liver: portal hypertension – radiograph lateral

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Liver: portal hypertension - radiograph lateral

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  1. There is poor serosal detail and a pot bellied appearance to the abdomen due to the presence of ascites. The type of effusion cannot be assessed from the radiograph.
  2. The gastric axis is displaced caudally by an enlarged liver.
  3. Causes of hepatomegaly and abdominal effusion include right-sided heart failure, infiltrative diseases (such as lymphoma, FIP) and cholangiohepatitis.
  4. Ultrasonography is useful in the investigation of causes of abdominal effusion, though biopsy is often required for a diagnosis.