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An unusual case of endotipsitis: persistent infection and migration to the right atrium of a transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS).

Endotipsitis is an underdiagnosed entity mainly because it requires a high initial level of suspicion. It should be considered in the differential diagnosis of persistent bacteremia in the cirrhotic patient with TIPS. Most cases are treated conservatively with a long-term antibiotherapy, due to the impossibility of surgical removal of the TIPS, except in a liver transplant or autopsy. The patient we present had endotipsitis that manifested as persistent bacteremia with thrombosis of the TIPS. Initially, conservative management with intravenous antibiotherapy was performed; however, due to mechanical complications caused by migration of the original endoprosthesis, it was decided to perform surgery.

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