Percutaneous transhepatic cholangiography and biliary drainage were performed in 12 patients with major injuries to the bile ducts manifested by biliary leaks and fistulas. Eleven of the 12 patients had had inadvertent biliary trauma during surgery. In six patients, the biliary leaks sealed with percutaneous drainage. In other patients requiring definitive surgical procedures on the biliary tract, initial percutaneous drainage allowed these procedures to be delayed until the patients' clinical condition improved. Percutaneous biliary drainage is an important adjunct to the management of patients with traumatic extravasation of bile into the peritoneal cavity or biliary-cutaneous fistula.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging