Drapanas shunt using a spiral saphenous vein graft.

An alternative technique for creation of a Drapanas shunt was used in a 12-year-old boy with upper gastrointestinal bleeding. Dissatisfaction with available prosthetic grafts and the inherent limitations of other autogenous materials led to the use of a spiral saphenous vein graft to bridge the superior mesenteric vein and the inferior vena cava. Patency of… CONTINUE READING