An unusual cause of dyspnoea complicating right upper abdominal swelling

Sanjay Kumar Mandal, Partha Pratim Chakraborty, Rana Bhattacharjee, Subhasis Roy Chowdhury, Shounak Majumdar

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A middle aged, non-addict male presented with right upper abdominal pain and swelling with respiratory distress. Examination revealed central cyanosis, bipedal pitting edema with prominent epigastric and back veins. Liver was enlarged, tender, spanned 20 cm without any splenomegaly or ascites. Other systems were clinically normal. Laboratory investigations showed polymorphonuclear leucocytosis with slightly deranged liver function. Abdominal ultrasonography showed an abscess in the right lobe of the liver with compressed inferior vena cava (IVC), middle and left hepatic veins. Arterial blood gas (ABG) documented hypoxia with orthodeoxia and air-contrast echocardiography was suggestive of an intrapulmonary shunt. A diagnosis of hepato-pulmonary syndrome (HPS) was made with near normal liver function secondary to amebic liver abscess. It reversed completely following successful treatment of the liver abscess.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4109-4111
Number of pages3
JournalWorld journal of gastroenterology
Issue number25
StatePublished - Jul 7 2006


  • A-a O gradient
  • Air contrast echocardiography
  • Amoebic liver abscess
  • Hepato-pulmonary syndrome
  • Orthodeoxia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology


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