Silicone biliary stents.

Abstract

Large silicone stents (9-28 French) were placed in the biliary tree of 173 patients over a 3-year period. Their use markedly reduced the incidence of catheter occlusion and sepsis. Only three cases of cholangitis and one case each of excessive bleeding and pleural effusion occurred. No skin irritation or pancreatitis occurred. The large bore of the catheter… (More)

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