Monothematic Conference on Portal Hypertension

February 01 - 03, 2024
Dublin, Ireland

General Information

General Information

Portal hypertension and its complications are central to the management of most chronic liver disease in children. The aetiology of portal hypertension is heterogenous and there may be a variety of sequalae, both short and long term this monothematic conference will examine the causes, consequences and best management of portal hypertension in children in addition to exploring novel approaches to diagnosis and treatment.

This monothematic conference will examine the causes, consequences, and best management of portal hypertension in children in addition to exploring novel approaches to diagnosis and treatment.

The course language is English.
This school is supported by the ESPGHAN Education Partner Programme.

Application & Fees

Application Deadline: July 31, 2023
Participation fees:

ESPGHAN Members (incl. Young ESPGHAN): EUR 150.00
Non-Members Trainees: EUR 150.00
Non-Members Other: EUR 200.00

Applicants need to submit a current CV and case report about a patient with any kind of pancreatic issue. The number of applicants is limited and delegates will be selected by the organizers after the application deadline. 

Kindly use the online application form on this page. Applications by email cannot be accepted. If you experience any issues with the online application tool, please contact Priority will be given to ESPGHAN Members. 
ESPGHAN Members may attend two courses per year and non-members may attend one course before becoming members of the society. 

Please do not make travel arrangements before receipt of a formal confirmation of acceptance from the ESPGHAN Office.

The course language is English.

Application and Fees

Application will open October 01, 2023

Fees: EUR 250 

Preliminary Programme

Day 01 - Thursday

Session 1.  Portal Hypertension Overview and Aetiology

13.50-14.00     Welcome & Introduction

14.00-14.30 Introduction to Portal Hypertension in Children and current classification (Ben Schneider)        

14.30-15.00 Portal Vein Obstruction

15.00-15.30 Non-cirrhotic portal hypertension

15.30-16.00 Coffee Break

16.00-16.30 Chronic liver disease and pathophysiology of portal hypertension

16.30-17.00 Budd Chiari / SOS and cardiac disease and portal hypertension

Day 02 - Friday

Session 2 Complications of Portal Hypertension


09.00 – 09.30 Variceal Bleeding, Ascites and Renal complications

09.30 – 9.45    Abstract

09.45-10.15     Porto-systemic encephalopathy (Valerie McLin)

10.15-10.45     Coffee break

10.45-11.15     Portal hypertension: Extrahepatic / liver- gut axis and the role of nutrition (Vish Patel?)

11.15-11.45     Cardiac / Respiratory complications including portopulmonary hypertension and hepatopulmonary syndrome  (Laurent Savale)

11.45 – 12.00  Case based discussion

12.00-12.30     Long term outcomes and management in adults(Vish Patel or local hepatology)


12.30-13.30     Lunch


Session 3. Management of portal hypertension in children

13.30-14.00     Medical treatment of portal hypertension (Patrick McKiernan)

14.00-14.30     Endoscopic management including primary prophylaxis  (Tassos Grammatikopoulos)

14.30-14.45     Minimally invasive approaches to diagnosis and management (Radiology including TIPSS / variceal coil ligation / splenic embolization) (Local IR)

14.45-15.15     Abstract

15.15-15.45     Tea break

15.45-16.15     Non-LT Surgical approaches to treatment: meso-rex and portosystemic shunts?

16.15-16.45     Surgical treatment: Indications for transplantation in PH and Post transplant complications in the setting of PH ? (Miriam Cortez)

16.45-17.00     Case based discussion: PV thrombosis following liver transplantation

17.00- 17.30    Clinical trials and tribulations in PH in children (Pat McKiernan?)


Session 4.  Portal hypertension: other important aspects

09.00 – 9.45    Abstract

09.15 – 09.45  Registries – what have we learned so far (Ben Schneider)

9.45 – 10.45    Case based discussion: Who should have a shunt? Faculty

10.45 – 11.30 Pregnancy, QoL and body image in portal hypertension (Marianne Samyn)

Q and A panel – participants and patients?

11.30 – 11.45 Summary and closing remarks



Cost Coverage


ESPGHAN will cover the following for international delegates:

  • up to 2 night accommodation in a pre-arranged hotel (organised by ESPGHAN)
  • pre-arranged dinners and socials
  • catering throughout the course
  • congress material

Covid-19 Information

This school is planned for onsite participation only. We will be carefully monitoring the situation in Dublin and Europe as well as national COVID-19 regulations. ESPGHAN reserves the right to postpone/cancel the course or change its current format if deemed necessary to protect the health of our delegates, faculty and staff.

For more information please contact the ESPGHAN Office.



If you have any questions, please contact the ESPGHAN Office for details.
Phone: +41 (0)22 9000 401