A 78-year-old woman presented with melaenic stool and severe anaemia 4 years after a pancreaticoduodenectomy for adenocarcinoma of the pancreas. Initial workup revealed haemorrhage from the choledochojejunostomy site. Despite multiple endoscopic clips to the region, bleeding reoccurred multiple times over a period of several months. Due to ongoing haemorrhage, her case was urgently presented at the hospital’s multidisciplinary hepatobiliary conference. The contrast-enhanced abdominal CT revealed severe stenosis of the extrahepatic portal vein and large afferent jejunal varices at the choledochojejunostomy, suspected as the cause of her persistent bleed. The recommendation was a percutaneous transhepatic approach for stenting of the portal vein stenosis that resulted in rapid decompression of the jejunal varices and control of her haemorrhage.
- interventional radiology
- GI bleeding
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Contributors DY performed the case and provided review and editorial assistance. TM provided review and editorial assistance. CJH wrote the case report and discussion.
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Competing interests None declared.
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