Successful treatment of chronic Budd-Chiari syndrome with a transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt

J Hepatol. 2000 Mar;32(3):516-20. doi: 10.1016/s0168-8278(00)80405-5.


Budd-Chiari syndrome is characterized by obstruction of the hepatic venous outflow tract. Therapeutic options for chronic Budd-Chiari syndrome are limited. We report the case of a 28-year-old woman who presented with recurrence of chronic Budd-Chiari syndrome with total obstruction of all major hepatic veins. Due to worsening liver function over the course of 1 year, she had to be listed for liver transplantation. Because of therapy-refractory ascites, declining renal function and severe esophageal varices, a transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) was placed, planned as a bridge to transplantation. Following TIPS, a marked recovery of liver function could be observed, accompanied by disappearance of ascites, esophageal varices, and normalization of kidney function. Therefore, the patient could be removed from the waiting list for liver transplantation. This case demonstrates for the first time that the use of TIPS in chronic Budd-Chiari syndrome may result in marked recovery of liver function.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Budd-Chiari Syndrome / complications
  • Budd-Chiari Syndrome / diagnosis
  • Budd-Chiari Syndrome / physiopathology
  • Budd-Chiari Syndrome / surgery*
  • Chronic Disease
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hypertension, Portal / etiology
  • Hypertension, Portal / physiopathology
  • Liver / pathology
  • Liver / physiopathology
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Phlebography
  • Portal Vein / diagnostic imaging
  • Portasystemic Shunt, Transjugular Intrahepatic*
  • Recovery of Function
  • Recurrence