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Congenital extrahepatic portosystemic shunt
Other Names for this Disease
- Abernethy malformation
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Tests & Diagnosis
Congenital extrahepatic portosystemic shunt (CEPS) is often diagnosed during an ultrasound examination of an infant who shows signs of liver disease. Otherwise, CEPS may be diagnosed by chance during an ultrasound done for other reasons. A magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) may help to clarify a diagnosis of CEPS by allowing a physician to see the blood vessels of the liver; computer tomography (CT) angiography can also be helpful, but is less desirable as it includes radiation exposure.
Last updated: 2/1/2012
- Alonso-Gamarra E, Parrón M, Pérez A, Prieto C, Hierro L, López-Santamaría M. Clinical and radiologic manifestations of congenital extrahepatic portosystemic shunts: a comprehensive review. Radiographics. 2011; 31:707-722. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21571652. Accessed 1/27/2012.