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Combination of modified Sugiura technique and proximal splenorenal shunt for the management of portal vein thrombosis in noncirrhotic portal hypertension

Authors Irawan H, Mulyawan IM

Received 21 September 2018

Accepted for publication 5 March 2019

Published 10 April 2019 Volume 2019:12 Pages 149—156


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Editor who approved publication: Professor Andreas M. Kaiser

Hendry Irawan,1 I Made Mulyawan2

1General Surgery Department, Faculty of Medicine Udayana University, Sanglah General Hospital, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia; 2Digestive Surgery Division, General Surgery Department, Faculty of Medicine Udayana University, Sanglah General Hospital, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia

Background: Noncirrhotic portal hypertension (NCPH) is a condition when a high hepatic venous pressure gradient with preserved liver functions and the absence of parenchymal dysfunction. NCPH with portal vein thrombosis (PVT) is a rare condition. Surgery aims to reduce portal vein flow and alter portal vein circulation.
Case: A male, 59 years old, complained of blackish stool in the last 2 weeks and enlarged abdomen. Physical examination revealed anemia and melena with splenomegaly and ascites. Laboratory findings were anemia, normal hepatobiliary function, and no liver infection. Abdominal Doppler ultrasonography and contrast-enhanced abdominal computed tomography scan revealed ascites, splenomegaly, noncirrhotic liver, dilatation of portal vein, low portal vein peak velocity, and PVT. Esophagogastroduodenoscopy revealed esophageal varices grade 3 with a positive red color sign and cardia stomach varices. We performed a modified Sugiura technique through the left subcostal incision and proximal splenorenal shunt. The procedures of the modified Sugiura technique are splenectomy, devascularization, transection, and end-to-end anastomosis of the lower esophagus above the gastroesophageal junction, devascularization of the upper 2/3 of the lesser and greater curvatures of the stomach, and pyloroplasty. Portal circulation alteration used the proximal splenorenal shunt with end-to-side anastomosis of the splenic vein to left renal vein. At the one-year follow-up after surgery, his physical condition was better and there was no sign of complications.
Conclusion: Devascularization procedure using a modified Sugiura technique is useful to treat and avoid rupture of esophageal varices. Portal circulation alteration using the proximal splenorenal shunt is a good choice. The treatment in NCPH utilizing the combination of modified Sugiura technique and the proximal splenorenal shunt is proper without complication.

Keywords: modified Sugiura technique, proximal splenorenal shunt, portal vein thrombosis, noncirrhotic portal hypertension

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