Response to Houlihan et al.


of TIPS for hepatic hydrothorax. Of the 79 papers identifi ed, 8 studies including a total of 208 patients were identifi ed with relevant clinical details ( 1,3 – 9 ). Short-term ( < day 45) mortality of patients undergoing TIPS for hepatic hydrothorax ranged from 0 % to 29 % . When data from these studies were pooled, short-term mortality was 16.8 % . TIPS insertion is a therapeutic option for patients with refractory hydro thorax. Th ese data emphasize the potential for harm and the need for careful patient selection to minimize early mortality.

DOI: 10.1038/ajg.2013.300

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@article{Dhanasekaran2013ResponseTH, title={Response to Houlihan et al.}, author={Renumathy Dhanasekaran and Hyun S Kim}, journal={The American Journal of Gastroenterology}, year={2013}, volume={108}, pages={1807-1807} }