Percutaneous transhepatic sphincterotomy - A report on 3 cases

E. Zanon, D. Righi, U. Maisano, D. Regge, A. Ferrari, S. Recchia, G. Gandini

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The technique of percutaneous transhepatic sphincterotomy is described. This procedure was employed in 3 patients with common bile duct (CBD) stones in whom a previous attempted endoscopic procedure had failed for anatomical reasons (a Billroth II gastric resection or a partial gastric resection with Braun anastomosis). Complete immediate success was obtained in all 3 patients. Furthermore, no major complications occurred during transhepatic treatment. The authors suggest that PTS be employed electively in patients with diseases of the biliary tree in whom the endoscopic approach fails.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-28
Number of pages4
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1991


  • Choledocholithiasis
  • Papillary stenosis
  • Sphincterotomy Bile duct, obstruction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)


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