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Gastrointestinal Radiology

, Volume 15, Issue 1, pp 35–38 | Cite as

Computed tomography of hepatic venous hypertension: The reticulated-mosaic pattern

  • Matthew A. Mauro
  • Daniel J. Stackhouse
  • L. Alden Parker
  • Mark L. Schiebler
Article

Abstract

A reticulated-mosaic pattern of the liver was identified on contrast-enhanced computed tomography in 4 of 20 patients with constrictive pericarditis or congestive heart failure. Reflux of contrast into a distended inferior vena cava and the hepatic veins was identified in 3 of the 4 patients. This abnormal enhancement pattern combined with hepatic venous or caval reflux of contrast indicates the presence of hepatic venous hypertension, and should not be mistaken for other abnormalities that may result in inhomogeneous hepatic enhancement.

Key words

Liver Hepatic venous congestion Computed tomography of the liver Hepatic computed tomography in heart failure 

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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Matthew A. Mauro
    • 1
  • Daniel J. Stackhouse
    • 1
  • L. Alden Parker
    • 1
  • Mark L. Schiebler
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyUniversity of North Carolina School of MedicineChapel HillUSA

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