Background/Aims: Biliary reconstruction is performed according to the level of the injury. A comparative study between patients in whom the biliary junction was preserved and another group where the biliary junction was not preserved was done. Methodology: A retrospective review of the biliary reconstructions performed at our institution after iatrogenic lesions between 1990-2002 was done. Postoperative outcome, functional status of the anastomosis, recurrent cholangitis, need for radiological instrumentation and/or reoperation were analyzed. Results: We reviewed 204 cases, 130 cases had a preserved biliary junction while in 74 the injury included the junction. All patients were treated with a Roux-en-Y hepatojejunostomy. In the first group, 4% required reoperation, 4% underwent radiological percutaneous instrumentation, 8% had anastomotic dysfunction and 4% cholangitis. In the second group, 24% needed reoperation and 80% radiological instrumentation. Anastomotic dysfunction was observed in 64% and cholangitis in 55%. It is important to note that 52 of the 74 cases in the second group had a history of more than two reconstruction attempts. Conclusions: When the biliary junction is preserved after a iatrogenic injury we found a significantly better outcome. The results of biliary reconstruction in this type of patient are better long-term compared to those where the junction was not preserved, evidenced by a lower reoperation and radiological instrumentation rate.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2005|
- Bile duct injury
- Iatrogenic lesion
- Preserved bile duct junction