Surgery for portal vein embolisation
Portal vein embolisation (PVE) is performed in patients expected to undergo major liver resection, when the future liver remnant is inadequate. Volume reduction of the embolised liver induces compensatory hypertrophy in the controlateral lobe, thus preventing liver failure. Specific contrast-enhanced MRI studies are required prior to and after PVE, to measure liver volumes and assess the response, usually after a four-week interval. Angiography of the portal vein and final embolisation of the right portal vein branch.
Portal vein embolisation is carried out percutaneously under local anaesthesia by our consultant radiologists and normally requires a short hospital stay.
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