Impact of tips preliver transplantation for the outcome posttransplantation

Am J Transplant. 2009 Jan;9(1):192-200. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-6143.2008.02472.x. Epub 2008 Nov 27.


The effects of transjugular intrahepatic portocaval shunt (TIPS) on the survival of grafts and patients after liver transplantation (LTx) have only been documented in small series and with only a comparative description with non-TIPS recipients. We evaluated 61 TIPS patients who had a subsequent LTx and compared these with 591 patients transplanted with cirrhosis without TIPS. Pretransplant characteristics were similar between groups. Graft survival at 1, 3 and 5 years post-LTx was 85.2%, 77% and 72.1% (TIPS) and 75.3%, 69.8% and 66.1% (controls). Patient survival at the same points was 91.7%, 85% and 81.7%, respectively (TIPS) and 85.4%, 80.3% and 76.2% (controls). Cox regression showed the absence of TIPS pre-LTx, transfusion of >5 units of blood during LTx, intensive care unit (ICU) stay post-LTx >3 days and earlier period of transplant to be significantly associated with a worse patient and graft survival at 1 year. Migration of the TIPS stent occurred in 28% of cases, increasing the time on bypass during LTx, but was not related to graft or patient survival. TIPS may improve portal supply to the graft and reduce collateral flow, improving function. This may account for the improved adjusted graft and patient survival by Cox regression at 12 months. Long-term survival was not affected.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Liver Transplantation* / adverse effects
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Portasystemic Shunt, Transjugular Intrahepatic*
  • Postoperative Complications
  • Prospective Studies
  • Survival Analysis
  • Treatment Outcome*