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Dulai, Gareth, MD1; Vora, Devendra, MD2; Hage, Antoine, MD2; Martin, Paul, MD1, *

American Journal of Gastroenterology: August 1998 - Volume 93 - Issue 8 - p 1379–1380
doi: 10.1111/j.1572-0241.1998.426_g.x
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For the last two decades, peritoneovenous shunts (PVS) have commonly been used in the management of refractory ascites. However, these devices are associated with a wide variety of complications. We report a case of cardiac tamponade due to ventricular perforation by a PVS. Given the substantial morbidity associated with PVS, other therapeutic options should be considered before proceeding with PVS placement.

1 Division of Digestive Diseases Univerity of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA

2 Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, Univerity of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California USA

* UCLA CHS 77-132 CHS, UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA 90045-1744

Received August 19, 1997; accepted April 13, 1998.

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