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Radiology. 1995 Apr;195(1):153-7.

Noncavernomatous portal vein thrombosis in hepatic cirrhosis: treatment with transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt and local thrombolysis.

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  • 1Department of Diagnostic Radiology, University Hospital Freiburg, Germany.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To evaluate the use of the transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) and local, low-dose thrombolysis in the treatment of complete, noncavernomatous portal vein occlusion.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

TIPS implantation and portal vein recanalization was attempted in seven patients with noncavernomatous portal vein obstruction and recurrent variceal bleeding. TIPS placement was followed by thrombolytic therapy to restore portal venous blood flow. Hemodynamic effects and clinical characteristics after the procedure and during follow-up were assessed.

RESULTS:

The implantation of TIPS and the recanalization of the portal vein trunk were successful in all patients. The treatment reduced the portal venous pressure gradient and restored portal blood flow. No bleeding complications were observed.

CONCLUSION:

TIPS placement and recanalization of the main portal vein is a safe and effective treatment option for patients with liver cirrhosis and noncavernomatous portal vein occlusion.

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