CardioVascular and Interventional Radiology

, Volume 33, Issue 5, pp 1044–1048 | Cite as

Successful Embolization of a Spontaneous Mesocaval Shunt Using the Amplatzer Vascular Plug II

  • Helena Boixadera
  • Alejandro Tomasello
  • Sergi Quiroga
  • Joan Cordoba
  • Mercedes Perez
  • Antoni Segarra
Case Report


A 48-year-old man with alcoholic liver cirrhosis and hepatic encephalopathy was found to have a large, spontaneous mesocaval shunt. The shunt was successfully occluded with the use of an Amplatzer Vascular Plug. To our knowledge, this is the first report of the use of this device to embolize a mesocaval shunt involving the superior mesenteric vein.


Hepatic encephalopathy Mesocaval shunt Amplatzer Vascular Plug Embolization Portosystemic shunt Portal hypertension 



The authors thank Nuria Albero for her support with the material and Cristina Losada and Fernando Muñoz for their help in figure acquisition.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Helena Boixadera
    • 1
  • Alejandro Tomasello
    • 2
  • Sergi Quiroga
    • 1
  • Joan Cordoba
    • 3
  • Mercedes Perez
    • 2
  • Antoni Segarra
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyHospital Vall d’ HebronBarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Department of Interventional RadiologyHospital Vall d’ HebronBarcelonaSpain
  3. 3.Department of Internal Medicine-HepatologyHospital Vall d’ HebronBarcelonaSpain

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