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.
- Complications in the multipara
- Maternal death
- Ruptured splenorenal shunt