Insertion and removal of covered expandable metal stents for closure of complex biliary leaks.

@article{Baron2006InsertionAR,
  title={Insertion and removal of covered expandable metal stents for closure of complex biliary leaks.},
  author={Todd Huntley Baron and John J. Poterucha},
  journal={Clinical gastroenterology and hepatology : the official clinical practice journal of the American Gastroenterological Association},
  year={2006},
  volume={4 3},
  pages={381-6}
}
The traditional endoscopic management of bile leaks involves placement of plastic endoprostheses. The success rate for closure of simple leaks (cystic duct, Luschka's duct) with this approach is high. We describe 3 patients with complex biliary leaks of the gallbladder bed that were successfully closed by using transpapillary placement of covered self-expandable biliary stents. The stents were endoscopically removed after closure of the leak. All 3 patients had previously undergone open… CONTINUE READING