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Large spontaneous portosystemic shunts in cirrhosis are implicated in recurrent and/or chronic persistent hepatic encephalopathy. In long standing cases, these shunts lead to portal vein thrombosis and hepatic dysfunction. Balloon-occluded retrograde transvenous obliteration (BRTO) is an endovascular technique that is usually employed for shunt closure in the patients manifesting the features of chronic hepatic encephalopathy. There are several reports documenting systemic and portal vein thrombosis as a part of the procedure. We report first time a patient in whom the difficult and partial BRTO procedure led to the extensive thrombosis of the large splenorenal shunt itself without sclerosant instillation.
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