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HPB Surgery
Volume 10, Issue 5, Pages 311-314
Case Report

Hepatic Arterioportal Fistula: A Curable Cause of Portal Hypertension in Infancy

Department of Surgery, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, UK

Accepted 7 November 1996

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Hepatic arterioportal fistulae are a rare cause of portal hypertension. The case is reported of a twoyear old girl with a congenital arterioportal fistula, who presented with splenomegaly and ascites. Colour doppler ultrasound showed a large shunt between the left hepatic artery and a branch of the left portal vein, producing a reversal of flow in the main portal vein. She was treated by a formal left hemihepatectomy, which has been successful in eliminating the fistula and its consequent portal hypertension in the long term. The literature regarding arterioportal fistulae and their treatment is reviewed.