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Am J Surg. 1988 Jan;155(1):152-8.

Influence of portal hemodynamics on long-term survival of alcoholic cirrhotic patients after small-diameter portacaval H grafts.

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Surgical Service, Long Beach Veterans Administration Medical Center.


Estimating postoperative survival rates after portasystemic shunt procedures has concerned surgeons during the last 40 years. The relationship between survival and Child's classification has clearly demonstrated the importance of preoperative hepatic functional reserve. Maintaining hepatic portal perfusion has been proposed as an additional protective factor but has never been proved clinically. Our analysis of survival after partial shunting with small-diameter portacaval H grafts has shown that both hepatic functional reserve and postoperative portal perfusion correlate with postoperative survival in alcoholic patients, but the latter was a stronger correlate of long-term survival. A predictive model based on both factors has been described for estimating the overall survival rate of alcoholics after partial shunting with small-diameter portacaval H grafts.

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