Journal of Medical Ultrasonics

, Volume 30, Issue 1, pp 57–61

Measurement of left portal vein blood-flow velocity by Doppler sonography in a patient with acute fatty liver of pregnancy

Authors

  • Seishiro Watanabe
    • Third Department of Internal MedicineKagawa Medical University
  • Naohito Uchida
    • Third Department of Internal MedicineKagawa Medical University
  • Tsutomu Masaki
    • Third Department of Internal MedicineKagawa Medical University
  • Kazutaka Kurokohchi
    • Third Department of Internal MedicineKagawa Medical University
  • Tetsuo Toge
    • Third Department of Internal MedicineKagawa Medical University
  • Shigeki Kuriyama
    • Third Department of Internal MedicineKagawa Medical University
  • Yooichi Ohnishi
    • Department of Perinatology and GynecologyKagawa Medical University
  • Hirokazu Tanaka
    • Department of Perinatology and GynecologyKagawa Medical University
  • Takaaki Kurose
    • Department of Perinatology and GynecologyKagawa Medical University
  • Toshiyuki Hata
    • Department of Perinatology and GynecologyKagawa Medical University
Case Report

DOI: 10.1007/BF02485171

Cite this article as:
Watanabe, S., Uchida, N., Masaki, T. et al. J Med Ultrasonics (2003) 30: 57. doi:10.1007/BF02485171
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Abstract

Acute fatty liver of pregnancy was diagnosed in a 32-year-old primipara in her 34th week of gestation. The pulsed Doppler sonogram showed that mean maximum portal blood-flow velocity obtained at the umbilical-point of the left portal vein (the U-point) decreased during the acute phase of the disease and returned to the normal range accompanied by improvement in her condition. Findings of portal blood dynamics obtained by pulsed Doppler sonography and those of the hyperechoic hepatic parenchyma obtained by conventional sonography could prove useful in following up patients in their third trimester of pregnancy.

Keywords

acute fatty liver of pregnancyDoppler sonography
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