nutmeg liver


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nut·meg liv·'er

chronic passive congestion of the liver, causing accentuation of the lobular pattern with red central and yellow or tan periportal zones.
A descriptive term for a liver with chronic passive congestion, a hepatopathy due to cardiac decompensation and failure, the appearance of which bears a visual verisimilitude to a cut nutmeg; if the congestion is severe, these changes may be accompanied by haemorrhagic necrosis

nutmeg liver

A term used by pathologists to describe the appearance of the cut surface of the liver in conditions of persistent blood congestion, as in failure of the right side of the heart.

nutmeg liver

the appearance given by a chronic passive congestion of the liver; a mosaic of red and gray caused by blood replacement of necrotic periacinar hepatocytes contrasted with areas of grayish, fatty, surviving hepatocytes in the periportal tissue.