Cirrhosis, the most common cause of portal hypertension, is a condition where there is scarring of the liver usually due to chronic liver disease. Some of the common causes of portal hypertension includes viral hepatitis (B and C), alcoholism and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.How serious is portal hypertension?
It filters out toxins and other waste matter that the digestive organs have deposited in your bloodstream. When the blood pressure in the portal vein is too high, you have portal hypertension. Portal hypertension can be quite serious, though it’s treatable if diagnosed in time.Is it okay to travel by flight with portal hypertension?
Portal hypertension or cirrhosis is not something that could worsen during the flight so it is allowed to fly unless in severe cases of portal hypertension with acute bleeding or hypotension. So if you feel well there is no reason why should flight be forbidden.What can portal hypertension lead to?
Portal hypertension may be due to increased blood pressure in the portal blood vessels, or resistance to blood flow through the liver. Portal hypertension can lead to the growth of new blood vessels (called collaterals) that connect blood flow from the intestine to the general circulation, bypassing the liver.