Clinical Problems: Elective Splenorenal AnastomosisBr Med J 1972; 1 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.1.5802.731 (Published 18 March 1972) Cite this as: Br Med J 1972;1:731
- A. G. Riddell,
- K. Bloor,
- K. E. F. Hobbs,
- N. Jacquet
Thirty-six patients underwent splenorenal anastomosis for haemorrhage from oesophageal varices. Twenty-nine patients were cirrhotics and seven had extrahepatic blocks or congenital hepatic fibrosis. The patients have been followed from 16 years to 6 months. The operative mortality was 11%. Recurrent haemorrhage occurred in two patients (6%) and neurological manifestations in 38% of the patients at risk. It is concluded that splenorenal anastomosis is associated with a high degree of shunt patency.
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