portacaval shunt


: a surgical shunt by which the portal vein is made to empty into the inferior vena cava in order to bypass a damaged liver

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“Portacaval shunt.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/portacaval%20shunt. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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