Long-term outcomes of transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt in Indian patients with Budd–Chiari syndrome

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Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) is the treatment of choice in Budd–Chiari syndrome (BCS) based on current data. Our objective was to evaluate outcomes and assess prognostic factors in BCS patients undergoing TIPS.

Patients and methods

In this retrospective analysis of a propectively maintained database, all consecutive BCS patients undergoing TIPS from September 2010 to February 2017 were included. Complete response after TIPS was defined as resolution of symptoms (ascites/pedal edema) with no requirement of diuretics at the end of 4 weeks. The Cox proportional hazard regression model was used to assess predictors of outcome and complications.


Eighty patients with BCS who underwent TIPS were included; 40 (50%) were male. The mean age at onset of symptoms was 24.2±8.7 years. The median (range) follow-up was 660 (2–2400) days. The 1-, 3-, and 5-year rates for TIPS stent patency were 89, 81, and 81%, respectively. Cumulative encephalopathy-free rates were 91, 86, and 86%, respectively, and survival rates were 93, 89, and 84%, respectively. Eight (10.0%) patients died during follow-up, five within the first year (three of these five had incomplete response). On univariate analysis, serum bilirubin, response to intervention, serum creatinine, Child class, model for end-stage liver disease, and All India Institute of Medical Sciences-hepatic venous outflow tract obstruction score were significantly different between survivors and nonsurvivors. On multivariate analysis, response to therapy after TIPS (hazard ratio: 8.37; 95% confidence interval: 1.60–43.82) was independently associated with mortality. The 1-year survival was 97% in patients with complete response, compared with 59% in those with incomplete response (P<0.004).


Incomplete symptom response after TIPS is associated with poor outcome and can be used for selection of patients for liver transplantation.

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