Fatal disruption of a splenorenal shunt after multiple pregnancies

R. Walden*, Z. Ben-Rafael

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A 39-year-old woman underwent a distal splenorenal shunt operation for bleeding esophageal varices due to liver cirrhosis. Following the operation she had 7 pregnancies at almost yearly intervals. At the term of the last pregnancy a disruption of the anastomotic site caused a fatal hemorrhage. The outcome of postshunt pregnancies as reviewed in the literature is usually favorable, but numerous pregnancies in these circumstances may carry a considerable risk.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)106-107
Number of pages2
JournalGynecologic and Obstetric Investigation
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1989


  • Complications in the multipara
  • Maternal death
  • Ruptured splenorenal shunt


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