Current Concepts in Congenital Portosystemic Shunts
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Congenital portosystemic shunts (CPSS) are vascular abnormalities that allow portal blood to bypass the liver and join systemic circulation. Laboratory and imaging studies are performed preoperatively to diagnose CPSS and hopefully identify an anatomic location of the shunt. CPSS can be found in different locations in both small and large breed dogs. Most CPSS are best managed surgically. The goal of surgical management of CPSS is to slowly redirect blood from the shunting vessel through the portal vasculature while avoiding portal hypertension. Many surgical management methods are available, including open and less invasive procedures, such as laparoscopy and embolization.
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