—An extraordinary session of the Belgian Society of Gastroenterology was devoted to the study of Banti's syndrome and portal hypertension. Remouchamps, Gallus, and Cloquet studied all the factors in portal hypertension, as well as extrahepatic organic portal stasis, the localizations of which they have analyzed. They reviewed the arguments of the adversaries and the partisans of the concept of Banti's disease as a pathological entity and of the Banti-like syndromes. There are various syndromes of portal hypertension and similarly various splenomegalies, for which they draw up a scheme of differential diagnoses, and among which Banti's disease and the Banti-like syndromes are found.The anatomicopathological data were discussed by Dustin, who stated that no lesion is in itself characteristic of Banti's disease; the term fibrocongestive hypertrophy is a better term. One notes, also, a reticular hyperplasia and a diffuse fibrosis of the red pulp. The fibrosis is principally periarterial,
BELGIUM. JAMA. 1952;150(16):1615. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.03680160065021
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