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The results of prospective clinical trials of the effect of portacaval shunt surgery on survival of cirrhotic patients with portal hypertension created a dilemma for vascular surgeons interested in portal circulation. To shunt or not to (prophylactically) shunt is no longer the question. These studies showed no increase in survival among those patients who were randomly classified in the shunt group compared with the control groups. The problem of shunt surgery is now being reevaluated; therefore, Dr. Child's book is very timely.
Seventeen experts (surgeons and internists) in 11 separate groups review their experiences, prejudices, and particular views of the
Portal Hypertension As Seen By 17 Authorities.. Ann Intern Med. ;81:138. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-81-1-138_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1974;81(1):138.
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