The interposition mesocaval C-shunt is an excellent alternative for the management of bleeding esophageal varices. The comparable operative mortality, long-term survival, and minimal operative time and blood loss make it the emergency shunt of choice. The C-shunt modification has improved long-term patency and ease of operation. The interposition mesocaval shunt also is increasing in importance as the best portosystemic shunt in those patients who may eventually require liver transplantation.
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