The comparative survivals of alcoholics versus nonalcoholics after distal splenorenal shunt

R. Zeppa, G. T. Hensley, J. U. Levi, P. R. Bergstresser, D. G. Hutson, A. S. Livingstone, E. R. Schiff, P. Fink

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Abstract

Survival after distal splenorenal shunt is appreciably better in nonalcoholic patients than in alcoholics. This increase in survival does not appear to be dependent upon the state of biochemical liver function or the severity of changes in liver histology since these latter were similar for both groups. We suggest that the poorer survival of alcoholics may be related to continuing alcohol toxicity, and that a possible reason for the failure to demonstrate this difference in survival after portacaval shunts may be due to the harmful effects of total portal diversion on the liver.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)510-514
Number of pages5
JournalUnknown Journal
Volume187
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1978

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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