Thanks to a fellow sufferer, friend, and subscriber to this blog I am posting a link for a study that was completed in 2006 on the neuropsychological affects on people with non-cirrhotic portal vein thrombosis. Unfortunately my friend was diagnosed with PVT in his late teens and has had 2 major esophageal bleeds, however he like myself has survived many years since his original diagnosis. He also is in his 50’s. His condition is intensified by the fact he is now dealing with encephalopathy as his blood flow is bypassing his liver and causing ammonia levels to rise and in turn cause neuropsychological issues. For the most part he is managing fairly well, with evenings being the worst part of the day for him.
The article is short (click link below), and technical from my point of view, but nonetheless may be helpful for the small percentage of us with non-cirrhotic portal vein thrombosis. On a side note, I am fully aware that much of what I write and post on my blog can be overwhelming and depressing, however I want to encourage you that although the medical strides seem minute at best, I have come to realize that intervention, whether it be with medications or surgery (the greater factor being medications), seems to be prolonging the lives of many I am in touch with concerning this condition. Remember … your questions, comments, or stories regarding your personal journey with portal hypertension (PVT), or that of your loved ones are always welcome.
Click link to view the article: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/16557541/
Keep pressing on!