A 69 year old woman developed intractable episodic hepatic encephalopathy 12 year after an end‐to‐side portacaval shunt for variceal heamorrhage. Medical management was ineffective in preventing repeated episodes of encephalopathy and caused incapacitating faecal incontinence. A loop ileostomy was created with minimal morbidity and was effective in preventing further episodes encephalopathy over a follow‐up period of 33 months. The patient returned to a normal diet and was able to be discharged home from institutional care. Loop ileostomy is an alternative in the management of patients with hapatic encephalopathy who are poorly responsive to, and/or intolerant of, medical therapy following portasystemic shunt surgery.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Australian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 1993|
- hepatic encephalopathy
- portasystemic shunt.