oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Management of refractory ascites and the hepatorenal syndrome by the Le Veen peritoneo-venous shunt

Volume 24, Issue 9-Supplement
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



Patients with truly refractory ascites or the hepato-renal syndrome can now effectively be treated by insertion of the LeVeen peritoneovenous shunt. The shunt should not be undertaken in those with encephalopathy marked jaundice or severe bleeding diathesis. The shunt brings about rapid loss of weight, decrease in abdominal girth, increase in urine flow, natriuresis and correction of hyperaldosteronism.

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