Endoscopic management of cystic duct leakage after cholecystectomy
Epublication WebSurg.com, Dec 2011;11(12). URL: http://websurg.com/doi/vd01en3558
Biliary leaks still represent a significant problem following open or laparoscopic cholecystectomy. The incidence of bile duct leaks after such operations was reported to range between 0.3 and 1%. This video presents the case of a 75-year-old man who was referred to our department for fever, jaundice, and abdominal pain 12 days after laparoscopic cholecystectomy. A cholangio-MRI was carried out. It demonstrated an intra-abdominal biliary collection at the level of the gallbladder bed. A leak from the cystic duct was suspected. A radiological drainage of the collection was performed, and an endoscopic sphincterotomy with plastic stenting of the common bile duct was achieved. The patient went clinically well and at 2 months, the stent was removed. Two months after stent removal, he is totally symptom-free.