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Caput Medusae in Portal Hypertension

Purpose:

To evaluate a patient for the Caput Medusae (head of Medusa) associated with portal hypertension.

Specialty:

Dermatology

Objective:

clinical diagnosis, including family history for genetics, complications, comorbid conditions

ICD-10:

K76.6, K74.6, I86.8, K77

Description:

Caput Medusae ("head of Medusa") describes distended vessels around the umbilicus seen in patients with portal hypertension, often related to cirrhosis of the liver. The term is ascribed to Marco Aurelia Severino (1580-1656).

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