PURPOSE: To retrospectively assess the outcome of transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) placement in a nonselected group of consecutive patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: TIPS placement was attempted in 82 patients. Patients were followed up for at least 3 years according to a standard protocol that included repeated shunt evaluations. Fifty-four patients underwent TIPS placement for variceal bleeding, 24 for refractory ascites, and four for other indications. Recurrent bleeding, effect on ascites, long-term patency, development of encephalopathy, and survival and complication rates were evaluated with Kaplan-Meier survival analysis and Cox multivariate analysis. RESULTS: TIPS placement was successful in 75 patients (91%). Mean follow-up lasted 29.4 months. Primary patency was 22% and 12%, primary-assisted patency was 67% and 46%, and secondary patency was 91% and 91% at 1- and 5-year follow-up, respectively. Nonalcoholic liver disease (P =.007) and increasing platelet counts (P =.006) independently predicted development of shunt insufficiency. The 1- and 5-year rates of recurrent variceal bleeding were 21% and 27%, respectively. In the majority of patients with refractory ascites, a beneficial effect of TIPS placement was observed. The risk for encephalopathy was 25% at 1-month follow-up and 52% at 3-year follow-up. The risk for chronic or severe intermittent encephalopathy was 15% at 1-year follow-up and 20% at 3-year follow-up. Serum creatinine levels (P =.001) and age (P =.02) were independent risk factors. Overall survival rate was 61%, 49%, and 42% at 1-, 3-, and 5-year follow-up, respectively. Age (P =.03), serum albumin level (P =.02), and serum creatinine level (P <.001) were independently related to mortality. CONCLUSION: The risk for definitive loss of shunt function was 17% at 5-year follow-up, indicating that surveillance with shunt revision-when indicated-results in excellent long-term TIPS patency. TIPS placement effectively protects against recurrent bleeding.

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doi.org/10.1148/radiol.2312021797, hdl.handle.net/1765/13341
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Hollemans, M., van Buuren, H., Vleggaar, F., Groeneweg, M., Hop, W., Lameris, J. S., & ter Borg, P. (2004). Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunts: long-term patency and clinical results in a patient cohort observed for 3-9 years. Radiology, 231(2), 537–545. doi:10.1148/radiol.2312021797