Percutaneous catheter biliary decompression

R. A. Clark, S. E. Mitchell, D. P. Colley, E. Alexander

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Abstract

Percutaneous catheter biliary decompression was performed in 42 patients with obstructive jaundice. Internal drainage was accomplished in 27 patients (64.3%), and external drainage in 15 patients (35.7%). Serum bilirubin levels decreased at a mean rate of 1.4 mg/dl/day. Tissue diagnosis was obtained by percutaneous aspiration biopsy in nine patients (21.4%). Complications occurred in 10 patients (23.8%): septic shock, two; bilious pleural effusion, one; hepatic subcapsular hematoma, one; sepsis, six. There was one death related to the procedure. The catheter management problems encountered included pain, catheter dislodgement or migration, lumen occlusion, and external bile leakage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)503-510
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Roentgenology
Volume137
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1981

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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