CardioVascular and Interventional Radiology

, Volume 38, Issue 5, pp 1365–1368 | Cite as

Disastrous Portal Vein Embolization Turned into a Successful Intervention

  • Tomas DobrockyEmail author
  • Joachim Kettenbach
  • Ruben Lopez-Benitez
  • Levent Kara
Letter to the Editor


Portal vein embolization (PVE) may be performed before hemihepatectomy to increase the volume of future liver remnant (FLR) and to reduce the risk of postoperative liver insufficiency. We report the case of a 71-year-old patient with hilar cholangiocarcinoma undergoing PVE with access from the right portal vein using a mixture of n-butyl-2-cyanoacrylate and ethiodized oil. During the procedure, nontarget embolization of the left portal vein occurred. An aspiration maneuver of the polymerized plug failed; however, the embolus obstructing portal venous flow in the FLR was successfully relocated into the right portal vein while carefully bypassing the plug with a balloon catheter, inflating the balloon, and pulling the plug into the main right portal vein.


Portal vein Embolization Cyanoacrylate Ethiodized oil Adverse effect Hepatectomy 


Conflict of Interest

Tomas Dobrocky, Joachim Kettenbach, Ruben Lopez-Benitez, and Levent Kara declare that there is no conflict of interest. This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

Statement of Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.

Statement of Human and Animal Rights

For this type of study formal consent is not required.


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York and the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE) 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • Tomas Dobrocky
    • 1
    Email author
  • Joachim Kettenbach
    • 2
  • Ruben Lopez-Benitez
    • 1
  • Levent Kara
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Interventional, Pediatric and Diagnostic Radiology, Inselspital, University HospitalUniversity of BernBernSwitzerland
  2. 2.Institute of Medical Radiology, Diagnostic, InterventionUniversitätsklinikum St. Pölten-LilienfeldSt. PöltenAustria

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