Palliation by endoscopic approach

J. Toouli, S. G. Barreto

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    Abstract

    Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) with stenting has been used in the palliation of malignant obstructive jaundice for nearly three decades [1-3]. The initial success of endoscopic internal biliary drainage [1, 2], coupled with its low invasiveness [4] as a form of palliation, led to the suggestion that it represented the treatment of choice for unresectable cholangiocarcinomas [2] over the percutaneous or surgical alternatives. Endoscopic stenting of malignant hilar strictures, however, remains a technically challenging prospect. This, along with advances in interventional radiology over the years amongst other reasons, has precluded the development of clear delineation of the ideal technique for palliating hilar cholangiocarcinomas. In most instances, the extent of the obstruction, the anatomical arrangement of the intrahepatic ducts and the available local expertise shall determine the approach.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationHilar Cholangiocarcinoma
    PublisherSpringer Netherlands
    Pages297-301
    Number of pages5
    ISBN (Electronic)9789400764736
    ISBN (Print)9400764723, 9789400764729
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013

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