Sonographic Assessment of Portal Vein Diameter among Healthy Adults in Saudi Arabia

Salah Albagir, Babiker A. Wahab, Ahmed Abdulrahman, Mogahid M.A. Zidan, Mohammed Yousef, Mustafa Z. Mahmoud, Ala M. A. Elgyoum, Mohamed Adam

International Journal of Biomedicine. 2020;10(3):211-214.
DOI: 10.21103/Article10(3)_OA2
Originally published September 10, 2020


Background: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the mean values of the portal vein diameter (PVD) and establish its ultrasound reference values in healthy Saudi adults.
Methods and Results: A total of 124 healthy adult volunteers (45.2% males and 54.8% females, a mean age of 44.8±16 years), presenting at the US Department of El-Karama Medical Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, were recruited between November 2018 and May 2019 for this prospective study. Abdominal US scans were conducted on a Hitachi Aloka F37 machine with a curvilinear transducer with a frequency of 3.5MHz. The data collection sheets completed for each subject included the following variables: sex, age, height, weight, and BMI (kg/m2). The mean PVD was 10.40±1.22mm and higher in men (10.7±1.1mm) than in women (10.1±1.2mm) (P<0.05). Study results showed that PVD did not correlate with age and BMI.
Conclusion: Further large-scale studies are needed to establish ultrasound reference values for PVD in healthy Saudi adults.

portal vein diameter • ultrasound • body mass index • age
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Received July 27, 2020.
Accepted August 30, 2020.
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