Jan 31, 2003

EUS-cholangio-drainage of the bile duct: report of 4 cases

Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Eike BurmesterThomas Huetteroth


Endoscopic retrograde cholangiography with stent insertion is an established procedure for palliation of patients with malignant pancreaticobiliary strictures. In some patients, however, placement of a stent by means of a duodenoscope is not possible. Percutaneous transhepatic biliary drainage is an alternative method that has a complication rate of up to 15%. Four cases of successful EUS-guided-cholangio-drainage are presented in which the major papilla could not be cannulated at endoscopic retrograde cholangiography. For puncture of the intrahepatic or extrahepatic bile duct, a modification of the one-step technique for the drainage of pancreatic pseudocysts was used. Stent insertion was successful in 3 of the 4 patients. In these 3 patients cholestasis resolved promptly. EUS-guided cholangio-drainage is a potential alternative to percutaneous transhepatic biliary drainage and endoscopic retrograde cholangiography in the therapy of malignant pancreaticobiliary strictures, especially in patients who have undergone gastrectomy or partial gastrectomy with Billroth II reconstruction.

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One-Step Dentin Bonding System
Severity of Illness Index
Cholestasis, Extrahepatic
Radiographic contrast media
Puncture Procedure
Malignant Tumor of Extrahepatic Bile Duct
Papilla of Tongue
Bile Duct Carcinoma
Endoscopic Ultrasound
Malignant Paraganglionic Neoplasm

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