The primary purpose of this project is to determine if acute monitoring of shunt patency via
ultrasound elastography measurements of splenic stiffness before and after TIPS placement
results in reduced morbidity and mortality from shunt failure.
- All patients who undergo TIPS placement at the University of Kansas Medical Center
(KUMC) are eligible for participation in this study
- Patients under 18 years of age
- Patients with prior splenectomy