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Umbilical Swelling

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What is the diagnosis?

Discussion :
Caput medusa. Caput medusae is the appearance of distended and engorged paraumbilical veins, which are seen radiating from the umbilicus across the abdomen to join systemic veins. The name caput medusae {Latin for head of Medusa} originates from the apparent similarity to Medusa`s hair once Minerva had turned it into snakes. It is a sign of severe portal hypertension that has decompressed by portal-systemic shunting through the paraumbilical veins.

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Last Shown : May 2010
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