A 62-year-old patient was admitted with an acute unprovoked portal vein thrombosis with splenic and mesenteric extension. His progress was complicated by progressive small bowel ischaemia and increasing clot burden despite systemic anticoagulation. This case report describes the use of catheter-directed thrombolysis via a transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt, with the disease and its treatment complicated by a ruptured iatrogenic pseudoaneurysm, abdominal compartment syndrome and small bowel infarction necessitating extensive small bowel resection.
- portal vein
- interventional radiology
- gastrointestinal surgery
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Contributors AZLC conducted the literature search and wrote the case report. AR managed the patient. MGRA, RA-A and AR offered support and edited the final article.
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
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