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ABSTRACT: We report a previously healthy 29 years old man, presenting with a sudden episode of abdominal pain, mild jaundice, hepatomegaly and ascites. Magnetic resonance imaging study and liver biopsy were compatible with veno-occlusive disease. Incidentally, an ulcerative colitis and portal vein thrombosis were diagnosed. Anticoagulant treatment was started, with good clinical and radiological response. Veno-occlusive disease of the liver must be suspected In cases of liver failure and ascites associated to procoagulant conditions.