a tube placed subcutaneously that connects the abdominal cavity, in a patient with ascites, to the low pressure superior vena cava. This shunt has not only a one-way valve, but also a manually compressible chamber to facilitate flow.
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Complications Altered coagulation parameters; spontaneous brain hemorrhage after shunt placement
Median survival 40 weeks; implanted double-valve Denver peritoneo-venous shunt (IDPVS); ovarian—33%; colon—27%; breast—15%; unspecified adenocarcinoma—15%; endometrial carcinoma—9%
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Denver shuntSurgery A peritoneovenous shunt that relieves malignant ascites and improves renal function Complications Altered coagulation parameters; spontaneous brain hemorrhage after shunt placement
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