Hepatopulmonary syndrome causing severe hypoxaemia

Translated title of the contribution: Hepatopulmonary syndrome causing severe hypoxaemia

Bente Kjær Lyngsøe, Mette Winther Andersen, Jan Eriksen, Gerda Elisabeth Villadsen

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Dyspnoea is a common complaint in patients with chronic liver disease. Hepatopulmonary syndrome (HPS) is an important cause to be aware of in the setting of liver disease, dyspnoea and hypoxaemia. HPS causes microvascular dilatation, angiogenesis and arteriovenous bypassing. The patients suffer from hypoxaemia in upright position and even during minimal psychical activity. Contrast echocardiography, using micro-bubbles as the contrast, is required to establish the diagnosis. No medical therapy is available, only liver transplantation can cure the disease.

Translated title of the contributionHepatopulmonary syndrome causing severe hypoxaemia
Original languageDanish
JournalUgeskrift for Læger
Publication statusPublished - 14 Apr 2014


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