Current Management of Recurrent Pyogenic Cholangitis

Cosenza, Carlos A.; Durazo, Francisco
October 1999
American Surgeon;Oct1999, Vol. 65 Issue 10, p939
Academic Journal
Recurrent pyogenic cholangitis (RPC) is a chronic disease with multiple exacerbations requiring repeated biliary dilatation and stone removal. Even after adequate biliary drainage, most patients will have progression of intrahepatic disease. Management of patients with RPC is a multidisciplinary challenge for endoscopists, interventional radiologists, and surgeons because of the frequency and inaccessibility of strictures and stones. Complete stone clearance at any one operation is difficult. Hepaticojejunostomy with a subcutaneous afferent limb is a safe and effective way to provide access to the biliary tree for the management of patients with RPC. In our experience, trans-stomal cholangioscopic stricture dilatation followed by stone removal remains the basis of therapy in patients with RPC. By diligent surveillance, we should be able to eliminate or decrease the number of stones and prevent cholangitis and its sequelae.


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