Successful embolization therapy for bleeding from jejunal varices after choledochojejunostomy: Report of a case
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We report a case of successful embolization of jejunal varices that were the cause of massive gastrointestinal bleeding from a choledochojejunostomy site, resulting from obstruction of the extrahepatic portal vein. A 42-year-old man who had undergone choledochojejunostomy for intrahepatic and choledochal stones was readmitted after he started passing massive dark bloody stools. Gastrointestinal endoscopic examination and angiography could not identify the source of bleeding. Percutaneous transhepatic portography showed obstruction of the right branches of the portal vein. The formation of jejunal varices at the site of choledochojejunostomy was revealed by portography and by cholangioscopy, suggesting the varices as the cause of massive bleeding. Bleeding could not be controlled long-term by cholangioscopic sclerosing therapy. We finally stopped the bleeding by embolizing a jejunal vein to the afferent loop.
Key wordsJejunal varices Choledochojejunostomy Gastrointestinal bleeding
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