Alcohol Recidivism Following Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt Placement: Frequency and Predictive Factors

Isa Cam, Mehmet Gencturk, Nicholas Lim, Sandeep Sharma, Jason Wong, Mary Yang, Jafar Golzarian, Siobhan Flanagan, Shamar Young

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PURPOSE: To determine the frequency and predictive factors for alcohol recidivism following transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunts (TIPS) placed in patients with alcoholic cirrhosis.

METHODS: One hundred ninety-nine patients who had a TIPS placed at a single institution for different indications in the setting of alcoholic cirrhosis were reviewed. Length of sobriety prior to TIPS placement and maintained sobriety at 1, 3 and 6-12 months after TIPS placement were recorded. Smoking history, substance abuse and psychiatric comorbidities were also recorded as was ascitic response to TIPS at 1, 3 and 6-12 months.

RESULTS: At 1 month 11/199 (5.5%) patients had experienced a relapse while, 20/199 (10.1%) had at 3 months, and 44/199 (22.1%) had at 12 months. There was no difference in ascitic response in those who did and did not relapse at 1 month (p = 0.57), 3 months (p = 1.00) or 1 year (p = 0.44). The mean time of sobriety at the time of TIPS placement for those who relapsed by 12 months was significantly less than those who did not relapse (5.11 (1.10-7.90) months vs 18.32 (8.63-48.12) months, p < 0.001). Concurrent psychiatric comorbidity (p < 0.001), substance abuse (p < 0.001), age less than 40 (p = 0.004) and smoking history at the time of procedure (p < 0.001) were also associated with alcohol relapse.

CONCLUSION: Recidivism is a frequent issue for patients following TIPS placement; those who have concurrent psychiatric comorbidity, substance abuse, smoking history are younger than 40 and shorter sobriety duration prior to TIPS may be at increased risk.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)758-765
Number of pages8
JournalCardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2021

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  • Alcohol relapse
  • Alcoholic cirrhosis
  • Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunts

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