Dilation of high-grade pancreatic and biliary ductal strictures with small-caliber angioplasty balloons

Martin L. Freeman, Oliver W. Cass, Janice Dailey

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Abstract

Background: Pancreatic and bile duct strictures may be too stenotic to allow passage of conventional endoscopic dilators. Methods: Four patients with strictures (3 pancreatic, 1 biliary) that could not be traversed with conventional endoscopic dilating devices, or in 1 case by a Soehendra stent extractor, underwent stricture dilation with a 3.3F peripheral angioplasty balloon to a maximum diameter of 6 mm. Observations: All strictures in the 4 patients were successfully traversed and dilated and stents were placed with resolution of the presenting clinical problem. Conclusions: Small-caliber angioplasty balloons are useful for dilation with subsequent stent placement of pancreatic and biliary strictures that are refractory to standard endoscopic approaches.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)89-92
Number of pages4
JournalGastrointestinal endoscopy
Volume54
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2001

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