Treatment of extrahepatic portal hypertension following a whipple procedure with a rex shunt: Report of a case.

Summary of "Treatment of extrahepatic portal hypertension following a whipple procedure with a rex shunt: Report of a case."

The Rex shunt is a mesenteric vein to left portal vein decompressive shunt used for the treatment of portal vein thrombosis and portal hypertension. Its use has been reported primarily in the pediatric population where portal vein thrombosis occurs with some frequency. The shunt is thought to represent a more physiologic shunt, since it restores hepatopedal blood flow through the liver. This report describes the use of this shunt in an adult who had frequent gastrointestinal bleeding secondary to extrahepatic portal vein thrombosis, which occurred as a complication after a pancreaticoduodenectomy.


Department of Surgery, Division of Transplant Surgery, University of Chicago Medical Center, 5841 South Maryland Avenue, MC 6040, Chicago, IL, 60637, USA.

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Name: Surgery today
ISSN: 1436-2813
Pages: 292-296


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Dilated blood vessels in the ESOPHAGUS or GASTRIC FUNDUS that shunt blood from the portal circulation (PORTAL SYSTEM) to the systemic venous circulation. Often they are observed in individuals with portal hypertension (HYPERTENSION, PORTAL).

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