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Korean J Gastroenterol. 2000 May;35(5):659-663. Korean. Case Report.
Lee DW , Kim BY , Lee GS , Han JD , Ryu WS , Sim SJ , Park CW , Kim HL .
Abstract

We experienced a case of 40-year-old woman with liver cirrhosis, who complained of jaundice and abdominal distension. She was diagnosed as having hemoperitoneum & abdomial wall hematoma due to rupture of a distended paraumbilical vein. Portal hypertension often leads to collateralization of blood flow via variceal vessels, which shunt blood from the portal to the systemic circulation. Rupture of an intra-abdominal varix is an unusual complication of portal hypertension. The differential diagnosis and management of hemoperitoneum in this cirrhotic patient are discribed, with a review of 21 previously reported cases of intra-abdominal variceal bleeding.

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