Gallstone Dissolution Using Mono‐Octanoin Infusion through an Endoscopically Placed Nasobiliary Catheter

Rama P. Venu, Joseph E. Geenen, James Toouli, Walter J. Hogan, Nicholas Kozlov, Edward T. Stewart

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Abstract

Endoscopic sphincterotomy is widely being used for the treatment of common bile duct stones. In a small group of patients the gallstones are large in size and., hence, difficult to be extracted after a successful endoscopic sphincterotomy. We used a constant infusion of mono‐octanoin through a nasobiliary catheter in nine such patients. This method was successful in partial or complete dissolution of the stones in 74% of the patients. In the remaining 36% of the patients, the stones were noted to be soft allowing easy extraction by crushing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-230
Number of pages4
JournalThe American journal of gastroenterology
Volume77
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 1981
Externally publishedYes

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