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We report a method of endoscopic retrograde sphincterotomy in patients in whom the optimal viewing of the papilla of Vater is hardly obtained. Percutaneous transhepatic cholangiodrainage (PTCD)-tube is placed under ultrasonographic guidance. PTCD-tube coming out of the papilla of Vater is observed by the endoscope and the guide wire inside the shpincterotome is inserted into the PTCD-tube. Sphincterotome is advanced into the common bile duct by the guidance of the guide wire and PTCD-tube. Sphincterotomy is performed in a usual fashion. Two patients with previous history of gastrectomy underwent this procedure with successful results. This method should be tried when usual method of EST is difficult and unsuccessful.
percutaneous transhepatic cholangio-drainage
bile duct drainage
Acta Medica Okayama
Okayama University Medical School
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