The decision-making around transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPSS) placement in the management of patients with chronic liver disease and portal hypertension (PH) is a regular challenge for hepatologists. In the UK, access has improved, with more than 35 hospitals now offering this service. However, its role in acute variceal bleeding, refractory ascites and other complications of PH continues to be redefined and expanded. In particular, the role of pre-emptive TIPSS has become more established and requires re-evaluation of pathways to enable equitable access for patients. Here, we summarise the key recommendations from the recently published British Society of Gastroenterology guidelines and expand on the challenges posed.
- PORTAL HYPERTENSION
- LIVER CIRRHOSIS
- GASTROINTESTINAL BLEEDING
- OESOPHAGEAL VARICES
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Contributors DJ reviewed the literature, prepared the manuscript and produced tables. VKB edited the manuscript and BH revised and approved the final version of the manuscript.
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