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.

On behalf of the Hepatology Committee and the Portal Hypertension Special Interest Group, we would like to welcome you to a monothematic conference on Portal Hypertension in Children to be held in Dublin 1st – 3rd February 2024.

This meeting is for anyone interested in the management of children with portal hypertension and will feature speakers from Europe and the USA, all with a special interest in the area. Pathophysiology, diagnosis, treatment and new developments will be covered in the meeting.

The conference is designed to be interactive and submission of abstracts / case presentations  on the topic of portal hypertension are encouraged, the best abstracts will be awarded a prize!

This school is supported by the ESPGHAN Education Partner Programme.

Application & Fees

Participation fees:
EUR 250.00

Deadline: November 15th

Applicants need to submit a current CV, a motivational letter and we encourage you to submit a case report (not mandatory). 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.

Delegates are expected to attend the full course and arrange their travel according to the course schedule. 

The course language is English.

Preliminary Programme

Day 01 - Thursday

13.50-14.00 Welcome & Introduction

Session 1.  Portal Hypertension Overview, Aetiology and Diagnosis

14.00-14.30 Introduction to Portal Hypertension in Children and current classification (Ben Shneider, USA)
14.30-15.00 Non cirrhotic portal hypertension pathophysiology, epidemiology and diagnosis (Angelo DiGiorgio, Italy)
15.00-15.30 Cirrhotic portal hypertension pathophysiology, epidemiology and diagnosis
15.30-16.00 Coffee Break       
16.15-16.450 Diagnostic Radiology dilemmas in Portal hypertension (Jai Patel , UK)
16.45-17.15 Biopsy and non-invasive diagnostic methods in portal hypertension (Tassos Grammatikopoulos, UK)  

Day 02 - Friday

Session 2 Complications of Portal Hypertension

Introduction – overview

09.00 – 09.10        Abstract
09.10 – 09.35        Ascites and Renal complications in Portal Hypertension (Yael Mozer, Israel)
09.35 – 10.00        Porto-systemic encephalopathy (TBC)
10.00-10.30           Portal hypertension: nutrition and liver gut axis (Marianne Samyn, UK)
10.30-11.00           Coffee break
11.00-11.15           Case based discussion
11.15-11.45           Cardiac / Respiratory complications in Portal Hypertension       (Laurent Savale, France) 
11.45 – 12.10        Endocrine and body image issues in portal hypertension long term outcomes                                       (Marianne Samyn, UK)
12.10-12.30           Patients Q and A  (Yael Mozer, Israel)
12.30-13.30           Lunch

Session 3. Management of portal hypertension in children

13.30 – 13.45         Emergency management of upper GI bleed - case based discussion and       simulation (Faculty)
13.45-14.15           Medical treatment of portal hypertension (Giuseppe Indolfi, Italy)
14.15-14.45           Endoscopic management including primary prophylaxis  (Tassos     Grammatikopoulos, UK)
14.45-15.15           Minimally invasive approaches to diagnosis and management (Jai Patel, UK)
15.15-15.30           Abstract
15.30-15.50           Tea break
15.50-16.20           Non-LT Surgical approaches to treatment: meso-rex and other portosystemic shunts (Tom Gallagher, Ireland)
16.20-16.50           Surgical treatment: Indications for transplantation in PH and Post-transplant complications in the setting of PH, (Miriam Cortes-Cerisuelo, UK)
Transplantation in portal hypertension Pro and against: case based discussion – discussion
16.50-17.10           Case based discussion: Portal Vein thrombosis following liver transplantation 
17.10- 17.40          Management of portal hypertension in adults – what’s new (Omar El-Sherif, Ireland)

DAY 3 - Saturday

Session 4. Portal hypertension: other important aspects

09.00 – 9.45 Abstract
09.15 – 09.45 Registries – what have we learned so far (Ben Shneider)
9.45 – 10.45 Case based discussion: Who should have a shunt? Faculty and participants
10.45 – 11.00 Coffee break
11.00 – 11.30 Clinical trials and tribulations in Portal Hypertension in children (Tassos Grammatikopoulos, UK)
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


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