Failed TIPS procedure - CT findings

Case contributed by Dr Chris O'Donnell

Presentation

Alcoholic cirrhosis with previous TIPS procedure. Now ascites with Hb of 7.6 due to haematemesis.

Patient Data

Age: 60
Gender: Male

Despite a TIPS stent passing from the right hepatic vein/IVC to the portal vein there are still features of portal hypertension, i.e. an enlarged, enhancing paraumbilical vein (arrow), oesophageal varices (arrow) and ascites. The stent is patent but contains filling defect at the IVC end consistent with mural clot.

Case Discussion

TIPS is a procedure to decompress the portal venous system into the systemic venous circulation. The stent used in the procedure can become narrowed or occluded leading to recurrence of portal hypertension. 

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Case information

rID: 21379
Case created: 19th Jan 2013
Last edited: 18th Nov 2015
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