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  • 2017-04-11

Laparoscopic bile duct exploration with bile duct endoscopy and biliary bypass for recurrent biliary pancreatitis after cholecystectomy

Epublication WebSurg.com, Apr 2017;17(04). URL:
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This video shows the peculiar case of a 50-year-old male patient who underwent an open cholecystectomy for acute cholecystitis 12 years ago and he has been consulting for pancreatitis symptoms during the last seven years. The patient reported that he had undergone ERCP twice after cholecystectomy because of bile duct stones and reportedly, complete bile duct clearance was achieved both times. He presented to our facility with a new episode of mild pancreatitis. No abnormalities were demonstrated in liver function tests. Amylase, GGT, and alkaline phosphatase values were normal. Hepatobiliary ultrasound demonstrated a dilated common bile duct. MRCP (cholangio-MRI) showed several filling defects, particularly in the common bile duct and the left hepatic duct. CT-scan of the pancreas did not reveal abnormalities within the pancreatic parenchyma. We decided to perform a bile duct exploration with endoscopic evaluation of the entire biliary tree and to perform a Roux-en-Y hepaticojejunostomy because of recurrent biliary pancreatitis after cholecystectomy.