• We treated a patient who had an inferior vena cava (IVC) obstruction associated with Budd-Chiari syndrome. All of the right, middle, and left hepatic veins were completely obstructed. The IVC was obstructed by a membranous substance and thrombus at the hepatic portion and was completely occluded by a fibrous septum at the site of a suprahepatic coarctation. A cavotomy was performed transversely at the suprahepatic level and then longitudinally to the level just above the renal veins, and the obstructing tissue was removed. An additional vertical incision was made in the IVC over the coarctation, and an autologous pericardial patch was sutured in place to widen the IVC. The patient was discharged with the patency of the IVC restored.
(Arch Surg 1984;119:965-968)