Hungarian Radiology

[Self-expanding metallic stents in intrahepatic biliary strictures after liver transplantation]

DOROS Attila1, NÉMETH Andrea1, HARTMANN Erika1, DEÁK Pál Ákos1, JUHAROSI Gyöngyi1, LÉNÁRD Zsuzsa1, KOZMA Veronika1, GÖRÖG Dénes1, GERLEI Zsuzsa1, FEHÉRVÁRI Imre1, NEMES Balázs1, KÓBORI László1

APRIL 07, 2009

Hungarian Radiology - 2009;83(01)

[INTRODUCTION - Bile duct complications remain a key problem of liver transplantation. Two main types are recognized: anastomotic and intrahepatic. In cases of anastomotic strictures good results can be achieved with surgery or minimally invasive therapy. Intrahepatic stenosis usually requires retransplantation. In this report the results of intrahepatic metallic stent placements are analyzed. PATIENTS AND METHODS - Since 1995, 20 patients with intrahepatic bile strictures were referred for percutaneous treatment. Of 34 percutaneous transhepatic cholangiography, 33 successful drainages were performed and 58 balloon dilatations were employed to overcome. In 13 patients, 20 metallic stents were implanted. One bleeding complication was successfully treated with selective embolization. RESULTS - The average follow up time was 35 months. 14 patients have no symptoms, 12 of them after metallic stent placements and 4 of them after retransplantation (2 patients had metallic stents at retransplantation). One patient has metallic stent and an external drain waiting for retransplantation. Three patients died after 7 retransplantations. Two patients died on the waiting list, one with and one without external drain. There were no deaths after successful metallic stent placement. CONCLUSION - After meticulous preparations metallic stent placement is safe and effective in intrahepatic biliary stenosis after liver transplantation. The patients can be stabilized till the retransplantation, or it can even be avoided.]

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  1. Semmelweis Egyetem, Budapest, Transzplantációs és Sebészeti Klinika

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