Obstructive jaundice occurs in many patients with pancreatic head cancers. While routine preoperative biliary drainage was practiced in 1980s and 1990s, mounting evidence highlighting the risks of preoperative biliary drainage on surgical outcomes has raised questions about the advisability of routine drainage. Today, selective endoscopic drainage is preferred, most often using a Self-Expanding Metallic Stent (SEMS). This chapter will provide the reader with a detailed overview of preoperative biliary drainage for resectable pancreatic head cancer addressing various aspects including its history, rationale and indications, technical variations with respective advantages and disadvantages.
|Title of host publication||Textbook of Pancreatic Cancer|
|Editors||Kjetil Soreide, Stefan Stattner|
|Number of pages||18|
|Publication status||Published - 2021|
- Endoscopic percutaneous cholangiography
- Percutaneous biliary drainag