Treatment of Preduodenal Portal Vein


Mohamed Oulad Saiad 1 , * , El Aouni El Ouafi Kamili 1 , Najoua Aballa 1

1 Pediatric Surgery, Mother and Child Unit, University Hospital Mohamed VI, University Cadi Ayyad, Marrakech, Morocco

How to Cite: Oulad Saiad M, El Ouafi Kamili E A, Aballa N. Treatment of Preduodenal Portal Vein, Iran J Pediatr. 2017 ; 27(2):e5791. doi: 10.5812/ijp.5791.


Iranian Journal of Pediatrics: 27 (2); e5791
Published Online: October 29, 2016
Article Type: Letter
Received: February 24, 2016
Revised: September 7, 2016
Accepted: October 20, 2016

Dear Editor,

The patient was a full-term male infant aged three days old, admitted to a secondary care center for bilious vomiting. When he was 11 days old, the pediatrician performed a barium study of the upper gastrointestinal tract that showed a right-sided stomach with signs of intestinal malrotation. At 27 days of life, he was referred to our pediatric emergency center. The patient was hypotonic and dehydrated with hypothermia. The abdomen was not distended or tender.

Abdominal and chest X-ray revealed a right sided stomach, left sided liver and a consolidation of the left lung (Figure 1A). Cardiac ultrasonography demonstrated a situs solitus and blood tests showed a positive sepsis profile; blood urea was raised, serum electrolytes were normal and blood culture was positive for extended-spectrum beta-lactamase producing Klebsiella. During hospitalization at our unit, non-bilious clear fluid was drained through the nasogastric tube. After ten days of rehydration and antibiotic administration, laparotomy was performed. We found a right-sided stomach and a normally right sided liver on the left, several small spleens were found on the right extremity of the liver, a quiescent intestinal malrotation with peritoneal bands from the cecum to duodenum with gallbladder and a compressive preduodenal portal vein (PDPV), which was crossing the anterior aspect and tracting the first part of the duodenum towards the left (Figure 1B). A transverse duodenotomy in the oral side ruled out an intrinsic obstruction. Ladd’s procedure with lysis of adherent band and appendectomy was performed. Because of the non-bilious nasogastric aspirates during 10 days at our unit, the quiescent malrotation and the compressing aspect of the preduodenal portal vein during laparotomy, we believed that the PDPV was involved in obstruction. A gastroduodenostomy was performed. Unfortunately the baby succumbed to sepsis on postoperative day seven.

Figure 1. A, abdominal and chest X-ray showing a right-sided stomach revealed by the nasogastric tube, a left-sided liver and consolidation of the Left Lung; B, intraoperative photograph showing the gallbladder (green arrow), oral side of the duodenum (white arrow), anal side of the duodenum (gray arrow) and the short preduodenal portal vein (blue arrow) compressing and tracting the duodenum.

The PDPV is an extremely infrequent condition described usually as a part of polysplenia syndrome or associated anomaly in situs inversus (1). The embryogenesis of this anomaly described by Gray and Skandalakis consisted of anomalous regression of the cranial and middle anastomotic veins, which connects the two vitelline veins that run on either side of the duodenum in the embryo. The caudal anastomotic vein that runs ventral to the duodenum remains a part of the portal vein and results in the anomalous position of the vein (2).

Animal study in rats suggests autosomal recessive inheritance of the PDPV (3). Anomalies associated with PDPV include biliary atresia, preduodenal common bile duct, cardiovascular malformations and other malformations causing duodenal obstruction (4, 5). Because of the latter, some authors denied the role of low pressure within the PDPV in the compression of the duodenum (6). We think that in the present report not the pressure within the PDPV but its short length led to extrinsic pressure of the duodenum. However, in some cases there is a dilemma to involve the PDPV as an etiology of the duodenal obstruction when other frequent etiologies are present.

The aim of the treatment of duodenal obstruction caused by PDPV is to bypass the vein. Several procedures have been reported: an end to end duodenoduodenostomy leading to a retroduodenal position of the PDPV, gastrojejunostomy, duodenojejunostomy and a loose overbridging duodenoduodenostomy is the procedure of choice to avoid compression of the PDPV blood flow (6-8), but in our report it was impossible to perform this latest procedure with a wide loop and a gastroduodenostomy was the only way to prevent the portal vein from being compressed.

In spite of its rarity, PDPV should be considered in any infant with duodenal obstruction associated with cardiac malformation, dextrocardia and situs inversus (9). Preoperative sonography in these patients may be useful to define the position of the portal vein. Pediatric surgeons must be aware of the existence of PDPV in order to preserve its integrity from accidental damage or thrombosis with serious outcome. Preduodenal portal vein is often symptomless and usually associated with other causes of duodenal obstruction. It is particularly difficult to prove the involvement of the PDPV in the duodenal obstruction. A careful analysis of symptoms, and surgical findings are the key factors of decision making when surgical treatment of PDPV should be considered.


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