Intrahepatic arterioportal shunt
Clinical features will depend on size and other underlying pathology. Small shunts can be asymptomatic.
Intrahepatic vascular shunts can be divided according to the cause into:
- occurs with hepatocellular carcinoma and to a lesser extent hepatic haemangioma
- trans-tumoural shunt is due to abnormal communication between the feeding artery and draining vein of the tumour which results in increased vascularity around the tumor manifested as peritumoral transient hepatic attenuation differences (THAD)
- portal vein may show early enhancement in dynamic arterial scan without enhancement of its main tributaries the splenic and superior mesenteric veins
non tumorous shunt
- mainly due to liver biopsy and other hepatic intervention
- may be due to liver cirrhosis itself owing to deformation of hepatic sinusoids which increases arterial pressure or portal vein extrinsic compression that also lead to increased arterial pressure
- congenital intrahepatic arterioportal fistula (rare) 3
Sometimes arterioportal shunt appears in dynamic CT as enhancing nodule, which can mimic hepatocellular carcinoma. The best way to differentiate is by using MRI with SPIO (superparamagnetic iron oxide) which is deposited in hepatocellular carcinoma and washed out in vascular shunt.
- 1. Focal Liver Lesions: Detection, Characterization, Ablation. Springer. ISBN:3540644644. Read it at Google Books - Find it at Amazon
- 2. Guzman EA, McCahill LE, Rogers FB. Arterioportal fistulas: introduction of a novel classification with therapeutic implications. J. Gastrointest. Surg. 2006;10 (4): 543-50. doi:10.1016/j.gassur.2005.06.022 - Pubmed citation
- 3. Norton SP, Jacobson K, Moroz SP et-al. The congenital intrahepatic arterioportal fistula syndrome: elucidation and proposed classification. J. Pediatr. Gastroenterol. Nutr. 2006;43 (2): 248-55. doi:10.1097/01.mpg.0000221890.13630.ad - Pubmed citation
- 4. Bolognesi M, Sacerdoti D, Bombonato G et-al. Arterioportal fistulas in patients with liver cirrhosis: usefulness of color Doppler US for screening. Radiology. 2000;216 (3): 738-43. Radiology (full text) - Pubmed citation