Factors influencing survival after distal splenorenal shunt

Robert Zeppa, Duane G. Hutson, Joe U. Levi, Alan S. Livingstone

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Prospective study of 206 patients treated by distal splenorenal shunts for esophagogastric hemorrhage due to portal hypertension reveals a probability of survival at 6 years of 0.53. The actuarial analyses show a marked difference in survival between alcoholic patients (0.39) and non-alcoholics (0.68) during the same interval. In the latter group, those patients with stable liver disease had a probability of survival of 0.78. The leading causes of death for alcoholic patients were liver failure, liver cancer, and trauma. In the nonalcoholic group, there were two leading causes: liver failure and complications of arteriosclerosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)733-737
Number of pages5
JournalWorld Journal of Surgery
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1 1984

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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