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Hepatic involvement by necrotizing granulomatous vasculitis

I D Young, R N Clark, P N Manley, A Groll, J B Simon
A 31-yr-old man presented with the Budd-Chiari syndrome. A liver biopsy specimen demonstrated noncaseating centrilobular granulomas and an idiopathic necrotizing granulomatous venulitis involving hepatic vein radicles with superimposed thrombotic occlusion. High-dose prednisone therapy produced dramatic clinical improvement with resolution of the hepatomegaly, ascites, and portal hypertension and normalization of the hepatic venous angiogram. A repeat liver biopsy specimen showed resolution of the venulitis and disappearance of the hepatic vein thrombosis...
February 1988: Gastroenterology
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