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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms



portal hypertension  listen  (POR-tul HY-per-TEN-shun)

  High blood pressure in the vein that carries blood to the liver from the stomach, small and large intestines, spleen, pancreas, and gallbladder. It is usually caused by a block in the blood flow through the liver due to cirrhosis (scarring) of the liver.