Percutaneous transhepatic cholangioscopy

M. F. Chen*, Y. Y. Jan, T. Y. Lee

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Since 1983, percutaneous transhepatic cholangioscopy has been performed in 50 patients for both therapeutic and diagnostic purposes. Percutaneous transhepatic cholangioscopy was used to evaluate the nature of obstructive jaundice in 15 patients and bile duct stones were removed in 35 patients, 27 of whom also had intrahepatic duct stones. The overall success rate for stone removal was 80 per cent. Complications were few with no mortality. Emergency surgery was necessary in two patients, one for subphrenic haematoma, the other for a bile leak. Percutaneous transhepatic cholangioscopy is an effective and safe method for management of biliary stones and is a useful procedure for establishing the diagnosis of obstructive jaundice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)728-730
Number of pages3
JournalBritish Journal of Surgery
Issue number8
StatePublished - 08 1987
Externally publishedYes


  • Percutaneous transhepatic biliary drainage
  • choledochoscope
  • obstructive jaundice
  • retained biliary stones


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