Purpose: To compare the efficacy and complications of transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) creation performed by using a 10-mm or an 8-mm-diameter polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE)-covered stent in a consecutive series of patients with cirrhosis with refractory ascites (RA). Materials and Methods: The institutional review board approved this retrospective study and informed consent was waived. One hundred seventy-one patients with RA (mean age, 58.7 years ± 10.3; 95% confidence interval [CI]: 57.2 years, 60.3 years) had undergone TIPS placement by using 10-mm (60 patients) or 8-mm (111 patients) covered stent between January 2004 and December 2012. Median follow-up time was 16.8 months (range, 3.4-84.8 months). Hemodynamic changes, incidence of hepatic encephalopathy, and long-term (>3 months) need for paracentesis after TIPS placement were evaluated and calculated by using the Kaplan-Meier method and were compared by using the log-rank test. Results: Pre-TIPS demographics and clinical characteristics of the two groups were comparable. The portosystemic gradient before TIPS was 17.0 mm Hg ± 4.2 (95% CI: 15.9 mm Hg, 18.1 mm Hg) in the 10-mm group versus 16.1 mm Hg ± 3.7 (95% CI: 15.4 mm Hg, 16.8 mm Hg) in the 8-mm group (P = .164). After TIPS, the portosystemic gradient was 6.5 mm Hg ± 3.4 (95% CI: 5.7 mm Hg, 7.4 mm Hg) in the 10-mm group versus 7.5 mm Hg ± 2.6 (95% CI: 6.9 mm Hg, 7.9 mm Hg) in the 8-mm group (P = .039). The long-term need for paracentesis was greater in the 8-mm group (64 of 111 patients [58%] vs 18 of 60 patients [31%], P = .003). Overall, hepatic encephalopathy was similar in both groups (45 of 111 patients [41%] vs 26 of 60 patients [44%], P = .728). Conclusion: A10-mm PTFE-covered stent leads to better control of RA secondary to portal hypertension in patients with cirrhosis, compared with an 8-mm stent, without increasing the incidence of hepatic encephalopathy.
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- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging