The Use of a Hemostasis Introducer for Percutaneous Extraction of Bile Duct Stones

Juergen Feisthammel, Micheal Moche, Joachim Mossner, Albrecht Hoffmeister


Background: Choledocholithiasis is defined as presence of at least one gallstone in the bile duct. Those bile duct stones (BDS) usually are extracted by ERCP. In case the bile duct is not accessible endoscopically (e.g. after major abdominal surgery), PTCD has to be performed. Extraction of the stones via PTCD has several risks as are hemorrhage, pancreatitis and injuries of the liver tissue.

Methods: We here report about our experience with a significant modification of this technique by use of a 13-french hemostasis introducer as a sheath to track the transhepatic access to the bile ducts in order to reduce time and risk.

Results: Three patients were treated by use of the reported modification. In all cases, the stones were successfully removable without complications.

Conclusion: We demonstrate that the use of a hemostasis introducer for percutaneous extraction of common bile duct stones seems to be promising in terms of shortening hospital stay and increasing patient safety.

Gastroenterol Res. 2012;5(1):6-9

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