Clinical Efficacy of Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt Created with Expanded Polytetrafluoroethylene-Covered Stent-Grafts: 8-mm Versus 10-mm

  • Xuefeng Luo
  • Xiaoze Wang
  • Yongjun Zhu
  • Xiaotan Xi
  • Ying Zhao
  • Jinlin Yang
  • Xiao Li
  • Li YangEmail author
Clinical Investigation TIPS
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Conflicting data exist regarding the appropriate shunt diameter for transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) creation in cirrhotic patients. This study was designed to compare the clinical efficacy of TIPS using stent-grafts with 8- and 10-mm diameters.


In this retrospective study, cirrhotic patients who underwent TIPS technical successfully for the prevention of variceal rebleeding from December 2011 to June 2015 were included. Thirty-four patients with 8-mm TIPS and 380 patients with 10-mm TIPS were identified. Propensity score matching method produced 32 patients in each group for comparison.


Baseline characteristics between two groups were comparable. There was no significant difference in variceal rebleeding rate between the two groups. The cumulative incidence of variceal rebleeding after 1 and 3 years was 6.4% and 35.5% in the 8-mm group, respectively, and 14.2% and 24.9% in the 10-mm group, respectively (P = 0.663). 8-mm TIPS conferred a significant decrease in hepatic encephalopathy (HE) rate compared with the 10-mm TIPS (16.1 vs. 32.6% at 1 year, 27.8 vs. 53.2% at 3 years, P = 0.034). The cumulative survival rates were similar between the two groups: 93.3% and 79.6% at 1 and 3 years, respectively, in the 8-mm TIPS group vs. 87.3% and 72.1% at 1 and 3 years, respectively, in the 10-mm TIPS group (P = 0.451).


The placement of 8-mm TIPS was sufficient to decompress the portal hypertension and prevent variceal rebleeding. The use of the 8-mm stent-graft can decrease HE rates compared with 10-mm stent-graft, although no survival benefit was observed.


Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt Expanded polytetrafluoroethylene-covered 8-mm stent-grafts Variceal bleeding 



Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt


Portosystemic gradient


Hepatic encephalopathy


Expanded polytetrafluoroethylene


Standard deviation


Propensity score matching


Model for end-stage liver disease


Portal vein thrombosis


Prothrombin time


International normalized ratio


Total bilirubin


Hepatocellular carcinoma


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of interest

On behalf of all authors, the corresponding author states that there is no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, West China HospitalSichuan UniversityChengduPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Department of Interventional Radiology, National Cancer Center and Cancer HospitalChinese Academy of Medical Science and Peking Union Medical CollegeBeijingChina

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