Title

Distal splenorenal shunt (DSRS) in children with extrahepatic portal hypertension

Document Type

Article

Department

Surgery; Paediatric Surgery

Abstract

Portal hypertension (PH) is infrequent in children as compared to adults. Currently, repetitive endoscopic ablation of varices is standard treatment. However, endoscopic facilities are not readily available in resource-limited settings. We reviewed the indications, operative morbidity, mortality, shunt patency and re-bleeding episodes in nine patients (age range 6-16 years, M:F 6:3) who had DSRS for recurrent GI bleeding not responding to endoscopic treatment and hypersplenism. DSRS is a safe and effective treatment alternative in resource limiting setting for preventing bleeding and improving hypersplenism in children with extrahepatic portal hypertension.

Publication

Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons--Pakistan : JCPSP

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