AMA CPT® Assistant - 1996 Issue 10 (October)

Coding TIPS: Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt DATTA (October 1996)

October 1996 page 1 Coding TIPS: Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt DATTA Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) placement is a relatively new procedure used to treat bleeding esophageal varices, the most life-threatening complication of portal hypertension. TIPS does not achieve its therapeutic effect by treating esophageal varices directly. Instead it is used to relieve the portal hypertension (ie, increased pressure in the portal system) that causes development of esophageal varices and the subsequent risk of variceal rupture and hemorrhage. TIPS involves insertion of a stent between the venous inflow tract (portal vein) and venous outflow tract (hepatic vein) of the...

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