CardioVascular and Interventional Radiology

, Volume 29, Issue 5, pp 785–790

Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt Placement in Patients with Cirrhosis and Concomitant Portal Vein Thrombosis

  • Thuong G. Van Ha
  • Justin Hodge
  • Brian Funaki
  • Jonathan Lorenz
  • Jordan Rosenblum
  • Christopher Straus
  • Jeff Leef
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00270-005-0090-4

Cite this article as:
Van Ha, T.G., Hodge, J., Funaki, B. et al. Cardiovasc Intervent Radiol (2006) 29: 785. doi:10.1007/s00270-005-0090-4

Abstract

Purpose

To determine the safety and efficacy of transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) creation in patients with liver cirrhosis complicated by thrombosed portal vein.

Methods

This study reviewed 15 cases of TIPS creation in 15 cirrhotic patients with portal vein thrombosis at our institution over an 8-year period. There were 2 women and 13 men with a mean age of 53 years. Indications were refractory ascites, variceal hemorrhage, and refractory pleural effusion. Clinical follow-up was performed in all patients.

Results

The technical success rate was 75% (3/4) in patients with chronic portal vein thrombosis associated with cavernomatous transformation and 91% (10/11) in patients with acute thrombosis or partial thrombosis, giving an overall success rate of 87%. Complications included postprocedural encephalopathy and localized hematoma at the access site. In patients with successful shunt placement, the total follow-up time was 223 months. The 30-day mortality rate was 13%. Two patients underwent liver transplantation at 35 days and 7 months, respectively, after TIPS insertion. One patient had an occluded shunt at 4 months with an unsuccessful revision. The remaining patients had functioning shunts at follow-up.

Conclusion

TIPS creation in thrombosed portal vein is possible and might be a treatment option in certain patients.

Keywords

Portal vein occlusion Portal vein thrombosis TIPS 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Thuong G. Van Ha
    • 1
  • Justin Hodge
    • 1
  • Brian Funaki
    • 1
  • Jonathan Lorenz
    • 1
  • Jordan Rosenblum
    • 1
  • Christopher Straus
    • 1
  • Jeff Leef
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Radiology, Section of Interventional RadiologyThe University of ChicagoChicagoUSA

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