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- Budd-Chiari syndrome
- collateral circulation
- therapeutic indication
- hepatobiliary surgery
- portal hypertension
We read with interest the comprehensive review article by Rössle and Gerbes that details the management of ascites in patients with liver cirrhosis and concludes that the transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) could manage refractory ascites more effectively than large-volume paracentesis.1 However, there is an important issue regarding the management of ascites, which is caused by Budd-Chiari syndrome (B-CS), that the authors failed to address.
In patients with chronic course, the formation of intra and extrahepatic collaterals leads to improvement of liver function and may silence this disease and make it asymptomatic.2 Thus, collateral circulation …
Funding This study was supported by a grant from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (81100304) and the Projects of the Ministry of Public Health (No. 201002015).
Competing interests None.
Ethics approval Ethics approval was provided by the Ethics Committee of Zhengzhou University.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.