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Treating Liver Failure (TIPS)

   

There are many causes of liver failure and end stage liver disease including alcohol-related liver disease, hepatitis, metastatic tumors and environmental exposures to toxins. Over time, the liver can become hard and develop cirrhosis.  Cirrhosis can cause blood pressure to build-up in the abdomen leading to bleeding or fluid accumulation.

If medical therapy fails to succeed in treating these problems, a procedure called Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt (TIPS) can be performed. The traditional surgical bypass has a 10-60 percent mortality. Procedure-related mortality due to TIPS is rare.

This non-surgical treatment involves creating a bypass in the liver using balloon angioplasty and stent technology.  X-ray guidance is used to find the correct vessels, and to form a short pathway between them inside the liver.

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

  This pathway is kept open using a stent.


To learn more, visit www.virchicago.com.

 

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