Assessing Risk of Developing Portal Vein Clots in People Awaiting Liver Transplantation

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A new scoring tool has been developed to assess the risk of developing a blood clot in the vein that brings blood from the intestines to the liver (portal vein) among people awaiting liver transplantation, according to research presented this week at The Liver Meeting® — held by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases.

Portal vein thrombosis (PVT) in people with cirrhosis (scaring of the liver) can lead to worsening of liver disease, poorer outcomes and can potentially cause patients to be unable to receive a liver transplantation. Prevalence of PVT in patients undergoing, or under evaluation for, liver transplantation is five to 16 percent, and researchers from the Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, UT have developed a tool to assess the risk of patients with cirrhosis developing this complication.

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