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Year : 2006  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 785-787
Color duplex evaluation of flow pulsatility in portal vein in healthy adults

Department of Radiodiagnosis, R.N.T. Medical College and Associated Group of Hospitals, Udaipur 313004, Rajasthan, India

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N C Sharma
D-12, M.B. Government Hospital Camp, Udaipur (Raj).
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DOI: 10.4103/0971-3026.32348

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Material & Methods - 30 healthy volunteers (19 men; 11 women) with no cardiac; lung or liver disease were studied by Color Duplex Imaging (CDI) and portal vein (PV) was evaluated for flow pulsatility. Results - Inverse correlation was found between venous pulsatility index (VPI) and body mass index (BMI) of subjects. (R = -0.76; p<0.001). No correlation was found between VPI and age of the patients. Inverse correlation was also found between VPI and subjects position associated with increase in intra-abdominal pressure. Conclusion - PV flow pulsatility is probably due to several and often simultaneous factors; and therefore PV pulsatility should be interpreted in clinical context.

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