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Magnetic Resonance Imaging Diagnosis of Budd-Chiari Syndrome

  • Arnold C. Friedman
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    Address requests for reprints to: Arnold C. Friedman, M.D., Department of Diagnostic Imaging, Temple University Hospital, Broad and Ontario Streets, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19140.
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    Department of Diagnostic Imaging, Liver Unit of the Department of Gastroenterology, and Department of Internal Medicine, Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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  • Parvati Ramchandani
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    Department of Diagnostic Imaging, Liver Unit of the Department of Gastroenterology, and Department of Internal Medicine, Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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  • Martin Black
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    Department of Diagnostic Imaging, Liver Unit of the Department of Gastroenterology, and Department of Internal Medicine, Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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  • Dina F. Caroline
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    Department of Diagnostic Imaging, Liver Unit of the Department of Gastroenterology, and Department of Internal Medicine, Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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  • Paul D. Radecki
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    Department of Diagnostic Imaging, Liver Unit of the Department of Gastroenterology, and Department of Internal Medicine, Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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  • Peter Heeger
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    Department of Diagnostic Imaging, Liver Unit of the Department of Gastroenterology, and Department of Internal Medicine, Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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      Noninvasive imaging modalities may suggest the diagnosis of Budd—Chiari syndrome but they are rarely diagnostic. Inferior vena cavography, hepatic venography, and liver biopsy, alone or in combination, are usually necessary for definitive diagnosis. Because of its excellent depiction of blood vessels as regions of absent signal, magnetic resonance imaging has the potential to make a noninvasive diagnosis of hepatic vein thrombosis. A case illustrating the usefulness of magnetic resonance imaging in the diagnosis of Budd—Chiari syndrome is presented.

      Abbreviation used in this paper:

      MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)

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