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TransJugular IntraHepatic Shunt (TIPS)

A transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) is a tract created within the liver using x-ray and ultra sound guidance to connect the portal vein to the hepatic vein within the liver.The shunt is kept open by the placement of a small, tubular metal device commonly called a stent
  • Patients who typically need a TIPS have portal hypertension caused by cirrhosis with esophageal variceal bleeding, recurrent ascites or hydrothorax
  • Patients with more advanced liver disease are at greater risk for worsening liver failure after TIPS
  • Thus, if you are in a severe liver failure, a TIPS may not be the best use and a different procedure may be needed to control your symptoms as a TIPS could lead to a risk for encephalopathy, which is an alteration of normal brain function that can lead to confusion

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