Bizarre complications of peritoneovenous shunts

Frederic Eckhauser, W. E. Strodel, J. W. Girardy, J. G. Turcotte

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Implantable peritoneovenous shunts have facilitated the management of patients with medically intractable ascites. The more commonly reported complications occur with an incidence of 20-50%. Rare and problematic complications are becoming increasingly frequent. Two unusual complications, 1) progressive respiratory insufficiency and death secondary to pulmonary embolization of ascites fluid containing cholesterol crystals, and 2) shunt malfunction caused by the formation of a fibrous envelope around the venous catheter are presented. Pathogenesis, diagnosis and therapy of each of these unusual complications is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)180-184
Number of pages5
JournalAnnals of Surgery
Volume193
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1981
Externally publishedYes

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Peritoneovenous Shunt
Ascites
Respiratory Insufficiency
Catheters
Cholesterol
Lung
Incidence
Therapeutics

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Eckhauser, F., Strodel, W. E., Girardy, J. W., & Turcotte, J. G. (1981). Bizarre complications of peritoneovenous shunts. Annals of Surgery, 193(2), 180-184.

Bizarre complications of peritoneovenous shunts. / Eckhauser, Frederic; Strodel, W. E.; Girardy, J. W.; Turcotte, J. G.

In: Annals of Surgery, Vol. 193, No. 2, 1981, p. 180-184.

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Eckhauser, F, Strodel, WE, Girardy, JW & Turcotte, JG 1981, 'Bizarre complications of peritoneovenous shunts', Annals of Surgery, vol. 193, no. 2, pp. 180-184.
Eckhauser F, Strodel WE, Girardy JW, Turcotte JG. Bizarre complications of peritoneovenous shunts. Annals of Surgery. 1981;193(2):180-184.
Eckhauser, Frederic ; Strodel, W. E. ; Girardy, J. W. ; Turcotte, J. G. / Bizarre complications of peritoneovenous shunts. In: Annals of Surgery. 1981 ; Vol. 193, No. 2. pp. 180-184.
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