Total Gastrectomy after Shunt Failure as Therapy for Recurrent Gastric Variceal Bleeding Due to Portal and Mesenteric Vein Thrombosis

Foust, Robert T.; Reddy, K. Rajender; Livingstone, Alan S.; Jeffers, Lennox J.; Schiff, Eugene R.
April 1990
American Journal of Gastroenterology;Apr1990, Vol. 85 Issue 4, p464
Academic Journal
A 37-yr-old man with portal hypertension due to portal vein thrombosis was referred because of recurrent episodes of variceal hemorrhage. He had previously undergone two portal-systemic shunt procedures. Both of the shunts, as well as the superior mesenteric vein, ultimately thrombosed. Endoscopic variceal sclerotherapy was able to control the bleeding from his esophageal varices, but he repeatedly bled from large gastric varices. The patient underwent a total gastrectomy and has had no further gastrointestinal hemorrhage during a follow-up of 36 months.


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