Hepatic portal venous gas: comparison of two cases

Iain Rankin, Hemant Sheth

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Context. Hepatic portal venous gas (HPVG) is a rare and sinister finding. Its mortality is associated with the underlying causative condition. When secondary to bowel ischaemia, mortality rates exceed 50%. Case Report. Two cases of HPVG are described. One case describes HPVG in association with gastric ischaemia, with complete resolution following conservative management. The second case describes HPVG in association with widespread intra-abdominal ischaemia, with resultant mortality. Conclusion. A "watch and wait" management of HPVG associated with gastric ischaemia is suggested in certain patients, with a low threshold for surgical intervention. HPVG associated with bowel ischaemia is an absolute indication for surgical intervention, where intervention may change the clinical course.

Original languageEnglish
Article number637951
Number of pages5
JournalCase reports in surgery
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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