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Tips (Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt)

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

A transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) is a channel made inside your liver to increase blood flow. The shunt reduces swelling in your abdomen, and lowers portal hypertension. TIPS may also reduce fluid buildup in your abdomen.

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Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

Seek care immediately if:

Call your doctor or hepatologist if:

Follow up with your doctor or hepatologist as directed:

You will need tests every year to check for bleeding and for how well the stent is working. Your veins will need to be checked for blockages. You will need to be tested for liver failure. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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