Endoscopic removal of large common bile duct stones in recurrent pyogeneic cholangitis

Joseph Leung, S. C S Chung, S. D. Mok, A. K C Li

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Abstract

It is not uncommon to find large stones obstructing the bile duct in patients with recurrent pyogenic cholangitis. In a series of 291 patients with cholangitis, 32 patients had stones more than 2 cm in diameter. Endoscopic extraction using a combination of large baskets, 1% EDTA flushing, and manual of mechanical lithotripsy allowed the common bile duct to be cleared in 50% of patients. Lack of space in the common bile duct to open the retrieval basket because of stone impaction was the major reason for failure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)238-241
Number of pages4
JournalGastrointestinal Endoscopy
Volume34
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1988
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology

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