Endoscopic biliary stones extraction using a forward viewing standard gastroscope in a patient with altered anatomy (partial gastrectomy with Billroth II reconstruction)
Epublication WebSurg.com, Mar 2015;15(03). URL: http://websurg.com/doi/vd01en4465
Endoscopic retrograde cholangiography in case of altered anatomy such as partial gastrectomy with Billroth II reconstruction has a success rate of 85% due to different factors such as failure to cross the anastomosis and the presence of an important length of afferent loop with a high risk of jejunal perforation at (or near) the anastomotic site while advancing the duodenoscope. The use of a front-view scope is the safest and could be used theoretically. However, the lack of elevator, the inability to see the papilla in a direct view, and the limited number of catheters available for cannulation and therapeutic procedures in the standard gastroscope with the 2.8mm working channel, can make this kind of procedure quite challenging. In this video, we present a case of successful biliary stone extraction in a patient with Billroth II reconstruction using a standard 2.8mm working channel front-viewing scope.