Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt: a nonoperative approach to life-threatening variceal bleeding.


Portosystemic venous shunts may be created nonoperatively with a Grüntzig balloon dilatation catheter using the transjugular route. The authors achieved technical success with this shunt in 15 of 20 patients with life-threatening gastrointestinal bleeding from variceal hemorrhage. All patients but one were considered at high risk for surgery because of end… (More)