Gastrointestinal Radiology

, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp 394–396 | Cite as

Insertion of a biliary endoprosthesis using a balloon dilatation catheter

  • Nicholas Papanicolaou
  • Steven L. Dawson
  • Peter R. Mueller
  • Joseph T. FerrucciJr


Adequate function of a percutaneous biliary endoprosthesis is accomplished by its successful positioning through the site of obstruction. Stent insertion is greatly facilitated when a peripheral bile duct is entered parallel to its long axis or the stent angled in a caudal direction. When the biliary system is entered in a cephalad direction, insertion may be laborious and a mature tract is often required. We describe the technique for such a positioning of a large-bore, long endoprosthesis using a vascular balloon dilatation catheter.

Key words

Biliary obstruction Endoprosthesis Balloon dilatation catheter 


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© Springer-Verlag 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Nicholas Papanicolaou
    • 1
  • Steven L. Dawson
    • 1
  • Peter R. Mueller
    • 1
  • Joseph T. FerrucciJr
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyMassachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

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