This study was aimed at investigating the occurrence of hepatic artery variants, at comparing the diagnostic value of duplex Doppler US with that of angiography, and at correlating the results with the technical problems in portal hypertension surgery. All patients were studied with angiography, conventional and duplex Doppler US. In 162 patients with portal hypertension, 38 hepatic artery variants (23.4%) were observed and classified according to Michaels. The commonest variant recognized by angiography was right hepatic artery arising from superior mesenteric artery (type III according to Michaels). US demonstrated hepatic artery variants in 9/162 patients (5.5%). At surgery, variants were found in 3/162 subjects (1.8%) and caused surgical problems in 2 of them (1.2%) - i.e., right hepatic artery arising from superior mesenteric artery. Arteriography is still the best examination to depict hepatic artery variants, while duplex Doppler US demonstrates only a few types. Moreover, the number of variants detected by imaging techniques (23.4%) differs greatly from that observed at surgery (1.8%). Finally, hepatic artery variants are not correlated with surgical problems, nor can the latter be foreseen by imaging methods. US is useful but not essential to detect hepatic artery variants which are subsequently confirmed by angiography.
|Titolo:||Le anomalie dell'arteria epatica in relazione alla chirurgia dell'ipertensione portale|
POZZATO, CARLO PAOLO (Penultimo)
USLENGHI, CARLO MATTEO (Ultimo)
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore MED/36 - Diagnostica per Immagini e Radioterapia|
|Data di pubblicazione:||1993|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|