• 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.
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