Budd-Chiari syndrome is an uncommon disease caused by an obstruction to hepatic venous outflow either at the level of the hepatic veins or in the hepatic part of the inferior vena cava. Clinically, it presents with ascites, abdominal pain, hepatomegaly, edema, and occasionally jaundice. The syndrome was first recognised by Lamboran1 in 1842 and later described by Budd2 in 1846 and Chiari3 in 1899. The syndrome is caused by obstruction to the hepatic veins. In the Fig 1. Photograph showing massive ascites and dilated superficial abdominal veins. majority of cases, the obstruction is ascribed to obliterative thrombophlebitis of unknown cause.4

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