Surgical Management of Portal Biliopathy – A Prospective Analysis.

Surgical Management of Portal Biliopathy

  • S.P Girish Associate Professor, Department of Surgical Gastroenterology, Sapthagiri Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
  • Jagan Mohan B Reddy Assistant Professor, Department of Surgical Gastroenterology, Sapthagiri Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Keywords: Portal biliopathy, Intrahepatic duct, Extrahepatic duct


Background: Portal biliopathy denotes intrahepatic and extra hepatic biliary ductal abnormalities in portal hypertension. It is usually associated with extra hepatic portal vein obstruction (EHPVO). These patients are also prone to develop obstructive jaundice as a result of strictures and/or choledocholithiasis. Surgical management of obstructive jaundice in such patients becomes difficult in the presence of these collaterals. The aim of the study is to prospectively analyze the approach to management of patients with Symptomatic portal biliopathy. Subjects and Methods: The study was conducted at Narayana Medical College & Hospital, Chintareddy Palem, Nellore, Andhra Pradesh on surgical management of the patients of EHPVO with portal biliopathy presenting to the surgical clinic of this tertiary referral center between November 2016 and October 2017. The data was analyzed for presentation, clinical features, imaging and results of surgical management. Results: During the study period, total of 44 patients of EHPVO were referred for surgical management. Of these 14 patients (9 males, mean age 34.6 years) were diagnosed to have portal biliopathy. Ten patients had prior history of variceal bleed which was managed endoscopically. Jaundice was the most common symptom followed by right upper quadrant pain and recurrent cholangitis. Four patients had prior unsuccessful endoscopic management. ERCP/ MRCP was used for delineation of the biliary tree, which showed irregularity (14 patients), dominant strictures (8 patients), filling defects (5 patients), and intrahepatic biliary dilatation (7 patients). Proximal splenorenal shunt (PSRS) was performed in 13 patients. While in 1 patient peroperatively liver was found to be grossly nodular, hence gastro-esophageal devascularization with simultaneous biliary drainage was done. Of the 13 patients who underwent PSRS, all patients were intensively followed for 4-6 weeks with history and liver function tests. After 6 weeks, five patients showed clinical as well as biochemical improvement and they are being followed up regularly. Eight patients had persistent symptoms and abnormal liver function tests. These were the patients with dominant stricture and choledocholithiasis. Of these, 6 patients underwent Roux-en-Y hepaticojejunostomy. The average blood transfusion requirement at second surgery was 1 unit. Postoperative complications were minimal with no mortality. One patient and was lost to follow up and the remaining one is awaiting second surgery (RYHJ). Over a follow up of 3-28 months the patients are asymptomatic and well. Conclusion: Portal biliopathy with symptomatic biliary obstruction needs intervention. Surgical decompressive shunt followed by biliary drainage is the best possible treatment. While for most of the early biliary changes shunt alone is effective, patients with dominant stricture will need a biliary diversion which can be safely performed following Porto systemic shunt without increase in morbidity or mortality.


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