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Shunt surgeries are designed to redirect the flow of blood or abdominal fluid through other areas of the body. Shunts are rarely used because of the complications they may cause. They are done only in medical centers where the surgeon is experienced in doing the procedures.
Shunt surgery may be used for people:
Complications of shunt surgery may include changes in mental function (encephalopathy). People who have large-diameter portacaval shunts have a 30% to 40% rate of encephalopathy.footnote 1
Shah VH, Kamath PS (2010). Portal hypertension and gastrointestinal bleeding. In M Feldman et al., eds., Sleisenger and Fordtran's Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease, 9th ed., vol. 2, pp. 1489–1516. Philadelphia: Saunders.
Current as of: November 7, 2018
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Adam Husney MD - Family MedicineW. Thomas London MD - Hepatology
Current as of:
November 7, 2018
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & W. Thomas London MD - Hepatology
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