Endoscopic management of biliary leaks after open and laparoscopic cholecystectomy

Mohammad Salih, Saeed Hamid, Hasnain Ali Shah, Zaigham Abbas, Wasim Jafri

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Objective: To evaluate the diagnostic and therapeutic efficacy of ERCP in the management of biliary leaks. Methods: The study recruited 35 out of total 436 ERCP patients with post surgical biliary leaks, who presented to our department between January 1, 2001 and September 30, 2004. Unsuccessful ERCP and/or completely transected CBD injuries were handed over to surgery. Results: ERCP was successful in 33 (94%) patients. Of these 25 (75%) had cystic stump leaks, 3 (9%) had transected CBD, 2 (6%) had leakage from gall bladder (GB) bed, 2 (6%) had persistently draining T-tube with retained CBD stones and one (3%) patient had a leak from the right hepatic duct. CBD stenting was done successfully in 23 (92%) patients with a cystic stump leak. The other 3 patients with leakage from GB bed and right hepatic duct injury were successfully dealt with CBD stenting. The retained CBD stones were endoscopically removed. The overall therapeutic success was 93% and stents were removed after 6-8 weeks without further complications. Three patients with transected CBD were treated surgically. Conclusion: Iatrogenic Biliary system Injuries can be diagnosed and managed efficiently through Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-119
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the Pakistan Medical Association
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2007


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