Congenital extrahepatic portosystemic shunt
Other Names for this Disease
- Abernethy malformation
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Because congenital extrahepatic portosystemic shunts (CEPS) are rare, there are no guidelines for standard treatment of this condition. Treatment is determined on an individual basis and depends on the type of CEPS. In type I CEPS, liver transplantation is thought to be the only treatment. Type II CEPS can be treated with surgery to close the connection between the hepatic portal vein and the hepatic vein, which would redirect bloodflow through the normal blood vessels within the liver.
Last updated: 2/1/2012
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