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June 1984

High-Output Right Ventricular Failure Secondary to Hepatic Arteriovenous Microfistulae: Selective Arterial Embolization Treatment

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Internal Medicine (Drs Brohée and Baudoux), Cardiology (Drs Franken and Hénuzet) and Radiology (Dr Brasseur), University Hospital Center, Montigny-le-Tilleul, Belgium; the Institute of Pathological Morphology (Dr Fievez), Loverval, Belgium; and the Department of Radiology (Dr Struyven), University Medical Clinic, Erasmus Hospital, Brussels.

Arch Intern Med. 1984;144(6):1282-1284. doi:10.1001/archinte.1984.00350180230033

• A patient with diffuse hepatic arteriovenous microfistulae suffered from secondary high-output right ventricular failure, pulmonary hypertension, and ascites, all of which could be managed by selective embolization of the hepatic artery. The vascular lesion of the liver seems to be essential, although hemorrhagic hereditary telangiectasia, perhaps aggravated by administration of oral contraceptives, may be considered contributory factors in this case.

(Arch Intern Med 1984;144:1282-1284)

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