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Title: Impact of Anatomical, Procedural, and Operator Skill Factors on the Success and Duration of Fluoroscopy-Guided Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt

PurposeTo assess the impact of anatomical, procedural, and operator skill factors on the success and duration of fluoroscopy-guided transjugular intrahepatic portoystemic shunt following standard operating procedure (SOP).Material and MethodsDuring a 32-month period, 102 patients underwent transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt creation (TIPS) by two interventional radiologists (IR) following our institutional SOP based on fluoroscopy guidance. Both demographic and procedural data were assessed. The duration of the intervention (D{sub Int}) and of the portal vein puncture (D{sub Punct}) was analyzed depending on the skill level of the IR as well as the anatomic or procedural factors.ResultsIn 99 of the 102 patients, successful TIPS without peri-procedural complications was performed. The mean D{sub Int} (IR1: 77 min; IR2: 51 min, P < 0.005) and the mean D{sub Punct} (IR1: 19 min; IR2: 13 min, P < 0.005) were significantly higher in TIPS performed by IR1 (with 2 years of clinical experience performing TIPS, n = 38) than by IR2 (>10 years of clinical experience performing TIPS, n = 61), (P < 0.005 both, Mann–Whitney U test). D{sub Int} showed a higher correlation with D{sub Punct} for IR2 (R{sup 2} = 0.63) than for IR1 (R{sup 2} = 0.13). There was no significant difference in the D{sub Punct} for both IRs with regard to the success of the wedged portography (P = 0.90), diameter of the portalmore » vein (P = 0.60), central right portal vein length (P = 0.49), or liver function (MELD-Score before the TIPS procedure; P = 0.14).ConclusionTIPS following SOP is safe, fast, and reliable. The only significant factor for shorter D{sub Punct} and D{sub Int} was the clinical experience of the IR. Anatomic variability, successful portography, or liver function did not alter the duration or technical success of TIPS.« less
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  1. Hanover Medical School, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology (Germany)
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Journal Name: Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology; Journal Volume: 38; Journal Issue: 4; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2015 Springer Science+Business Media New York and the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE);; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
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United States