portacaval shunt

portacaval shunt n a surgical shunt by which the portal vein is made to empty into the inferior vena cava in order to bypass a damaged liver

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a portosystemic shunt between the portal vein and vena cava, done for treatment of portal hypertension.

Shunts diverting portal venous blood flow from the liver. (A), Portacaval shunt; (B), splenorenal shunt.


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  • portosystemic shunt — a surgically created shunt that connects the portal and systemic circulations, such as a mesocaval, portacaval, or splenorenal shunt, for treatment of portal hypertension. Called also portosystemic anastomosis …   Medical dictionary

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