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Percutaneous Transcholecystic Placement of an ePTFE/FEP-Covered Stent in the Common Bile Duct


We report the case of a 78-year-old male patient with obstructive jaundice due to a pancreatic head neoplasm. The patient’s general condition did not permit an endoscopic approach and the presence of diffuse liver metastases prohibited hepatic puncture for percutaneous biliary drainage, therefore the transcolecystic transperitoneal approach was decided to be the safest decompression route. Through a gallbladder access, a Viabil-covered stent with a mesh extension was placed in the distal common bile duct, without complications. The patient died 8 months later without signs of stent dysfunction or necessity of reintervention. Transcholecystic transperitoneal access is a safe option when diffuse liver metastases prohibit the transhepatic approach, even in cases where placement of a covered stent is considered necessary.

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Krokidis, M.E., Hatzidakis, A.A. Percutaneous Transcholecystic Placement of an ePTFE/FEP-Covered Stent in the Common Bile Duct. Cardiovasc Intervent Radiol 33, 639–642 (2010).

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  • ePTFE/FEP-covered stent
  • Gallbladder interventions
  • Pancreatic cancer palliation
  • Biliary metallic stents
  • Obstructive jaundice