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Portosystemic encephalopathy in an 86-year-old patient : a clinical challenge

Journal Volume 79 - 2016
Issue Fasc.1 - Letters
Author(s) Elettra Merola, Marina Cao, Sara La Starza, Martina Maria Delle Fave, Francesca Tavanti, Daniela Sergi, Massimo Marignani
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(1) Digestive and Liver Disease Department, (2) Neurology Department, (3) Internal Medicine Department, (4) Radiology Department, Sant'Andrea Hospital, II Medical School, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy.

Abernethy malformations are rare vascular abnormalities, clas- sified into two types : type 1 if the portal vein is absent, type 2 when the portal blood is diverted into vena cava through a hypoplastic portal vein. These conditions present symptoms related to porto- systemic shunting, and usually become clinically evident in chil- dren or young adults. Here we report the first case of Abernethy malformation diagnosed in an 86-year-old female patient affected by portosystemicencephalopaty. (Acta gastroenterol. belg., 2016, 79, 58-59).

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