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Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt

Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) is a procedure to treat complications of severe liver disease. Such complications include bleeding from the esophagus or stomach and the accumulation of fluid in the abdomen. The cause of these complications is high pressure in blood vessels of the liver called portal veins. The procedure involves inserting a stent (tube) to connect the portal veins to adjacent blood vessels that have lower pressure. This relieves the pressure of blood flowing through the diseased liver and can help stop bleeding and fluid back up.
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