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Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology:
doi: 10.1097/MCG.0000000000000044
Clinical Reviews

Endoscopic Management of Biliary Leaks After Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy

Rustagi, Tarun MD; Aslanian, Harry R. MD

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Laparoscopic cholecystectomy has become the procedure of choice for management of symptomatic cholelithiasis. Although it has distinct advantages over open cholecystectomy, bile leak is more common. Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography is the diagnostic and therapeutic modality of choice for management of postcholecystectomy bile leaks and has a high success rate with the placement of plastic biliary stents. Repeat endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography with placement of multiple plastic stents, a covered metal stent, or possibly cyanoacrylate therapy may be effective in refractory cases. This review will discuss the indications, efficacy, and complications of endoscopic therapy.

© 2014 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins


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