M. C. Eaton, C. S. Worthley, J. Toouli

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Upper abdominal symptoms after side‐to‐side choledochoduodenostomy (CDDY) may be attributed to stagnant bite, food and calculi pooling in the distal bile duct ‘sump’ with resultant biliary or pancreatic duct obstruction and sepsis. Endoscopic sphincterotomy (ES) provides a means of draining this sump. The aim of this study was to assess outcome following endoscopic retrograde choledochopancreatography (ERCP) and ES in patients with post‐CDDY symptoms. Eight such patients (M: F = 1:7) underwent ERCP between September 1981 and March 1987. Their median age was 60 years (range: 37–72 years) and the median period since CDDY was 11 years (range: 1–28 years). The median follow‐up after ERCP was 18 months (range: 14–94 months). Presenting symptoms comprised postprandial (one) or intermittent (seven) abdominal pain, cholangitis (three), pancreatitis (one) and jaundice (one). ERCP revealed bile duct abnormalities in four, consisting of filling defects alone (two), anastomotic narrowing with filling defects (one) and sclerosing cholangitis. ES was performed in seven, of whom three (all with filling defects at ERCP) remain asymptomatic and three are significantly improved. One had recurrent pancreatitis for which a sphincteroplasty and pancreatic duct septectomy was performed. ES was not performed in one because of technical difficulties (there being no subsequent improvement). It is concluded that, in patients with post‐CDDY biliary symptoms, endoscopic sphincterotomy relieves the symptoms by either producing drainage of the sump at the distal bile duct, or dividing a dysfunctioning sphincter of Oddi.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)771-774
Number of pages4
JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1989
Externally publishedYes


  • common bile duct
  • endoscopy
  • extrahepatic bile duct obstruction
  • gallstones
  • pancreatitis
  • surgery


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