A Minimally Invasive Approach to Bile Peritonitis after Blunt Liver Injury

Griffen, Margaret; Ochoa, Juan; Boulanger, Bernard R.
March 2000
American Surgeon;Mar2000, Vol. 66 Issue 3, p309
Academic Journal
The advent of nonoperative management of liver injuries has made it imperative that surgeons be familiar with the potential delayed complications of this approach. In this report, we describe a minimally invasive strategy for the management of bile peritonitis following nonoperative management of blunt liver injuries. Two cases are presented in which bile peritonitis with massive bile ascites was managed with laparoscopic localization and drainage of the bile leak, irrigation of the peritoneal cavity, and postoperative endoscopic retrograde cholangiography with bile duct stenting. In both cases the bile leak ceased, and the patients recovered without adverse sequelae. The combination of laparoscopic surgery and endoscopic stenting provides a minimally invasive approach to this entity.


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