Percutaneous transvenous coil embolisation as treatment for intrahepatic portosystemic shunts
Saturday, February 1, 2014
Intrahepatic portosystemic shunts often occur due to failure of the ductus venous to close after birth. Surgical treatment of this anomaly historically involved acute closure of the vessel by ligation which would lead to a high morbidity rate due to the risk of portal hypertension. Percutaneous transvenous coil embolisation (PTCE) is a method of gradual occlusion of the shunting vessel thus aiming to avoid acute rises in portal venous pressure.This article will discuss the use of this procedure compared with other methods as well as pre, peri and post-operative care of patents who have received PTCE.
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