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Magy Seb. 2004 Feb;57(1):31-6.

[Alternative options for examination of the patency of peritoneo-venous shunts].

[Article in Hungarian]

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Pécsi Tudományegyetem Orvostudományi es Egészségtudományi Centrum, Altalános Orvostudományi Kar, Sebészeti Tanszék.


For the treatment of refractory ascites we use the saphenoperitoneal shunt described by Pang in 1992 approximately 2 years. This procedure eliminates the most frequent complications of the former synthetic shunts: occlusion of the collector branches and infections as well. In addition, the use of autologous vein is cost-saving. The first Hungarian publications (K. Vincze and Z. Nagy et al.) reported good results, which are confirmed also by us, after we performed 21 operations. The publications until now usually describe the technique. This intervention is now a widely accepted one. On the other hand, just a small number of papers describe the options for the examination of patency and the follow-ups. We report about the algorithm used in our department after surgery to evaluate graft patency and surgical efficacy. A method to determine the volume of ascites developed by ourselves is described. We feel that the successful application of saphenoperitoneal shunts depends on very close follow-up. Considering that no objective method to check the patency does exist, we are sure that decisions about further operations can only be made if simultaneous diverse follow-up methods are available.

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