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Rofo. 1998 Oct;169(4):429-31.

[New TIPS placement in pregnancy in recurrent esophageal varices hemorrhage--assessment of fetal radiation exposure].

[Article in German]

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  • 1Klinik für Radiologische Diagnostik, Universitätsklinikum der RWTH Aachen.


Recurrent variceal bleeding due to liver cirrhosis led to treatment with a transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) in a pregnant woman at 20 weeks' gestation. Fetal radiation exposure was estimated to be less than 10 mSv. The use of a graduated catheter allowed measurement of field size and reliable determination of the patient's entrance dose. Radiation exposure of an approximated fetal dosage of 5.2 mSv did not justify abortion for medical reasons. Therefore, TIPS procedure is not generally contraindicated during pregnancy itself. TIPS placement may be a therapeutic option related to the severity of the underlying maternal disease, after radiation exposure of the fetus has been estimated.

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