In situ transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunting (TIPS) can complicate liver transplantation. We present a case where an intraoperative attempt to remove a malpositioned TIPS resulted in atrial laceration. Massive transfusion and emergent institution of cardiopulmonary bypass allowed patient resuscitation and completion of surgery. We describe our surgical and anesthesiologic management, and discuss the absence of criteria to predict when TIPS may become adherent to the inferior vena cava or the right atrium and difficult to remove.
|Number of pages||4|
|State||Published - Sep 1 2011|