Titanium catheter tip for peritoneovenous shunts.


Journal Article

Early obstruction of the venous tubing is a frequent complication after peritoneovenous (PV) shunting for ascites in cirrhosis and results in a high incidence of shunt failure. A titanium catheter tip, developed because of this material's thromboresistance, was employed in 13 consecutive cirrhotic patients receiving a LeVeen shunt for intractable ascites. While the mean interval before shunt occlusion was 4 +/- 3 months in our previous studies, none of the patients in the present series had venous catheter occlusion during follow-up, which averaged 8 +/- 2 months. The use of titanium in the venous tubing of PV shunts may significantly prolong the patency and function of these devices.

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Cited Authors

  • Franco, D; Labianca, M; Smadja, C; Fragoso, J; Halabi, S

Published Date

  • February 1, 1988

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 12 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 81 - 82

PubMed ID

  • 3355388

Pubmed Central ID

  • 3355388

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1525-1594

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0160-564X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1525-1594.1988.tb01527.x


  • eng