Diagnosis

These tests can help determine if you have hepatopulmonary syndrome:

  • Pulse oximetry. In pulse oximetry, a sensor attached to your finger or ear uses light to determine how much oxygen is in your blood.
  • Chest imaging. X-rays, computerized tomography (CT) scanning or echocardiogram imaging can help rule out other heart or lungs conditions.

Treatment

Supplemental oxygen therapy is the main treatment for shortness of breath caused by low oxygen levels in the blood. A liver transplant is the only cure for hepatopulmonary syndrome.

Hepatopulmonary syndrome care at Mayo Clinic

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