What does TIPS stand for?
TIPS stands for transjular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt:
Transjugular – through the jugular vein in your neck
Intrahepatic – within your liver
Portosystemic – from the portal vein to the hepatic vein
Shunt – a tube that allows flow from one blood system to another
What is a TIPS procedure?
A transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) is a procedure where a path is created in the liver to connect two veins, the path is called a shunt. The shunt is held open by a small tube called a stent (see picture...
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