Endoscopic papillary balloon dilation vs. sphincterotomy for removal of common bile duct stones: a prospective randomized pilot study.

@article{Arnold2001EndoscopicPB,
  title={Endoscopic papillary balloon dilation vs. sphincterotomy for removal of common bile duct stones: a prospective randomized pilot study.},
  author={Joachim Christof Arnold and Christine Benz and Whitney Martin and Henning Ernst Adamek and Juergen Ferdinand Riemann},
  journal={Endoscopy},
  year={2001},
  volume={33 7},
  pages={563-7}
}
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS Endoscopic sphincterotomy (EST) is the standard procedure for gaining access to the common bile duct for removal of bile duct stones. However, the procedure is associated with both short-term and long-term complications. Recent reports have described the use of endoscopic papillary balloon dilation (EBD) as an effective and safe alternative to EST. We conducted a prospective randomized pilot study to compare the efficacy and short-term complication rates of these two… CONTINUE READING
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