EDWIN POLISH; JOHN CHRISTIE; ARTHUR COHEN; BENJAMIN SULLIVAN JR.
In 1894 Banti (1) reported a disease characterized by splenomegaly and "cirrhosis" of the liver. He described three stages: the anemic stage in which hypersplenism was the only finding; the transitional stage characterized by jaundice and disturbed gastrointestinal function; and, finally, the ascitic stage characterized by ascites, together with increasing jaundice and anemia. Banti stated that he had never performed an autopsy on a patient in the earliest stages; but in the transitional stage the portal vein and splenic vein demonstrated sclerotic endophlebitis, and the liver revealed a minimal increase in connective tissue. He emphasized these findings (endophlebitis of the
POLISH E, CHRISTIE J, COHEN A, SULLIVAN B. Idiopathic Presinusoidal Portal Hypertension (Banti's Syndrome). Ann Intern Med. 1962;56:624–627. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-56-4-624
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1962;56(4):624-627.
Gastroenterology/Hepatology, Liver Disease.
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