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Peritoneovenous Shunt MeSH Descriptor Data 2023

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Peritoneovenous Shunt
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Scope Note
An operation for the continuous emptying of ascitic fluid into the venous system. Fluid removal is based on intraperitoneal and intrathoracic superior vena cava pressure differentials and is performed via a pressure-sensitive one-way valve connected to a tube traversing the subcutaneous tissue of the chest wall to the neck where it enters the internal jugular vein and terminates in the superior vena cava. It is used in the treatment of intractable ascites.
Entry Term(s)
Ascites Shunt, Peritoneovenous
LeVeen Shunt
Peritoneo-Venous Shunt
Previous Indexing
Ascites (1975-1980)
Jugular Veins (1975-1980)
Peritoneal Cavity (1975-1980)
Peritoneum (1975-1980)
Vena Cava, Superior (1975-1980)
Public MeSH Note
86; was see under VASCULAR SURGERY 1981-85
History Note
86(81); was see under VASCULAR SURGERY 1981-85
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Peritoneovenous Shunt Preferred
LeVeen Shunt Narrower
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