ABSTRACT: We report here a case of an unusual extrahepatic portosystemic venous shunt in a 37-year-old woman without liver cirrhosis or portal hypertension, who developed portal systemic encephalopathy. Angiography demonstrated an inferior mesenteric-caval shunt characterized by the presence of direct communication of the inferior mesenteric vein with the left internal iliac vein. After the treatment with percutaneous transcatheter embolization of the shunt via a femoral vein approach using coils, she had no episode of portal systemic encephalopathy.
Internal Medicine 10/2001; 40(9):887-90. · 0.94 Impact Factor