Biliary drainage by endoscopic choledochoduodenal fistulotomy in patients with papillary carcinoma

Jong Jae Park, Sun Suk Kim, You Kyung Kim, Moon Ki Jung, Hyun Chul Park, Ju Hyun Kim, Jae Sun Kim, Jin Hai Hyun

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Background: There are few reports of endoscopic choledochoduodenal fistulotomy (endoscopic fistulotomy) in patients with papillary carcinoma by using a needle-knife. Methods: Among 35 patients with papillary carcinoma requiring biliary drainage, 14 with a suprapapillary bulge underwent endoscopic fistulotomy alone or with widening of the fistula by using a standard sphincterotome or dilation balloon catheter. Observations: Transfistula bile duct cannulation was successful on the first attempt in 13 of 14 patients (93%) and temporary biliary drainage through the fistula was successfully established in all 13 patients. The single complication was minor bleeding (7%) in 1 patient. In 6 patients with biliary obstruction who were not operative candidates, endoscopic fistulotomy was used for palliation, and all remained asymptomatic for a mean period of 3.2 months. Conclusions: Endoscopic fistulotomy is an effective, relatively safe biliary drainage procedure. It should be considered in selected patients with bile duct obstruction caused by papillary carcinoma and a suprapapillary bulge caused by the dilated bile duct.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)730-735
Number of pages6
JournalGastrointestinal Endoscopy
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2002 May
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Gastroenterology


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