Nutmeg liver


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Related to Nutmeg liver: cardiac cirrhosis, hepatic congestion
(Med.) a name applied to the liver, when, as the result of heart or lung disease, it undergoes congestion and pigmentation about the central veins of its lobules, giving it an appearance resembling that of a nutmeg.

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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A cross section of the hepatic parenchyma shows a diffuse enhancement of the lobular pattern, typical of chronic hepatic congestion secondary to heart failure ("nutmeg liver").
Increased hydrostatic pressure within the IVC and hepatic vein lumens subsequently gives rise to sluggish flow within the intrahepatic venous outflow network, which eventually may lead to nutmeg liver appearance and hepatocyte necrosis (10).
This process causes the classic gross appearance of nutmeg liver, and longstanding congestion can lead to extensive fibrosis (termed either cardiac sclerosis or cardiac cirrhosis).