Postoperative biliary stricture

Paolo Cantù, Aurelio Mauro

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Postoperative biliary stricture is a cumbersome condition secondary to biliary or vascular damage. Its risk factors include biliary or vascular anatomical variants, local inflammation, and poor surgical expertise. Intraoperative diagnosis is difficult, and in most cases, patients present with obstructive symptoms within a few weeks. Magnetic resonance cholangiography is a pivotal test to confirm the clinical picture, to study the level of the damage, and to guide treatment. Nowadays, endoscopic stenting is the first-line treatment in most centers. Radiological and surgical approaches are considered in case of endoscopy failure. Multi-stenting treatment achieves long-term clinical success for more than 90% of patients, but multiple procedures are needed. In order to optimize healthcare provider costs, shorter-duration endotherapies with covered metal stents are under evaluation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEndotherapy in Biliopancreatic Diseases
Subtitle of host publicationERCP Meets EUS: Two Techniques for One Vision
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9783030425692
ISBN (Print)9783030425685
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2020


  • Biliary stent
  • Biliary stricture
  • Endoscopy
  • ERCP
  • Postoperative stricture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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