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May 1987

Serum Bile Acid Determination for Assessing Patency of Portosystemic Shunts: Lack of Value

Author Affiliations

From the Liver Unit, Rancho los Amigos Hospital, University of Southern California School of Medicine, Los Angeles. Dr Tabibian is now with the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Houston.

Arch Intern Med. 1987;147(5):911-912. doi:10.1001/archinte.1987.00370050107018

• Serum bile acid levels were measured in eight patients with portal hypertension before and after portosystemic shunt surgery to see if the levels were useful for assessment of shunt patency. Both fasting and two-hour postprandial levels showed poor correlation with portosystemic shunting and could not be used to judge shunt patency.

(Arch Intern Med 1987;147:911-912)

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