Portacaval Shunting
 
 

Portacaval Shunting

Portacaval shunting is surgery that makes new attachments between two blood vessels in the abdomen. It is performed on individuals with drastic liver disorders. It is necessary when there is a severely damaged liver because blood is unable to travel through the liver easily. Blood from the esophagus, stomach and intestines flows through the liver. When the liver is obstructed, veins can rupture and cause excessive bleeding and fluid buildup. Portacaval shunting limits the possibility of a vein rupturing.

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