Abdominal surgery in patients with cirrhosis and portal hypertension remains a challenge due to higher risk of morbidity and mortality. Preoperative elective transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) is increasingly being used in these patient population. Herein, we report a case of 65-year-old male with biopsy-proven ascending colon cancer and cirrhosis. As a sequalae of portal hypertension, patient also had large caput medusae which posed significant challenge to the surgical approach for resection of the colon cancer. The patient was managed initially with placement of TIPS to decompress the portal pressures and caput medusae and allow safe surgical field for curative resection of the colon cancer. Following this, the patient underwent uneventful laparoscopic right hemicolectomy.
- Caput medusae
- Colon cancer
- Portal hypertension
- Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging