A 16-y-old boy who had undergone bone marrow transplantation for relapsed acute lymphoblastic leukaemia developed liver cirrhosis and refractory ascites, which did not respond to salt restriction, diuretics and abdominal paracentesis. Liver transplantation was not feasible because of poor nutritional status, pre-existing renal dysfunction and uncertainty about the prognosis of his leukaemia. The patient underwent a successful transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS), with immediate resolution of ascites, enabling cessation of diuretics and improvement in nutritional status. At 24 mo following TIPS there has been no re-accumulation of ascites. Conclusion: TiPS may have a role in the management of refractory ascites secondary to liver cirrhosis in selected children.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Acta Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics|
|Publication status||Published - 2001|
- Refractory ascites
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health