One-stage percutaneous transhepatic biliary stenting for malignant jaundice: A safe, quick and economical option of treatment

F. Fucilli, R. Licinio, D. Lorusso, P. Giorgio, M. L. Caruso

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– OBJECTIVE: Patients with proximal malignant jaundices are often diagnosed in an advanced stage and need biliary decompression treatments, such as percutaneous transhepatic biliary drainage (PTBD) and bare metal stenting (BMS), to improve the hepatic function. Whether it is better to perform those two procedures together or in a separate time, it is not well understood. The aim of this study was to investigate the effectiveness and cost-benefit of a combined “one-stage” PTBD/BMS procedure in patients with malignant jaundices. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Forty-five patients with malignant jaundice treated with “one-stage” PTBD/BMS were retrospectively enrolled to evaluate technical success, complications, survival, and length of hospitalization. RESULTS: A full technical success of the procedures was reported for all patients, with only one major complication among 45 treated patients. A better performance in terms of hospitalization rate was achieved by the one-stage procedure compared to the two-stage, also resulting in global saving of costs. A high survival rate was observed at the 3rd and 6th month (97.7% and 86.6%, respectively), with a median overall survival time of 271,58 days. CONCLUSIONS: Our study shows that performing PTBD/BMS as a “one-stage” procedure is useful, safe, and cost-effective with a high percentage of technical success and a similar occurrence of complications compared to the two-stage procedure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7684-7693
Number of pages10
JournalEuropean Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2019


  • Bare Metal Stenting (BMS)
  • Malignant hilar obstruction
  • Percutaneous Transhepatic Biliary Drainage (PTBD)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology (medical)


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