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Case Reports in Radiology
Volume 2013, Article ID 596480, 3 pages
Case Report

Malfunctioning Plastic Biliary Endoprosthesis: Percutaneous Transhepatic Balloon Pulling Technique

Department of Diagnostic Sciences, Division of Radiology and Interventional Radiology, San Carlo Borromeo Hospital, Via Pio II, 3, 20153 Milano, Italy

Received 18 June 2013; Accepted 14 July 2013

Academic Editors: A. Hiwatashi, A. Komemushi, and L. Lampmann

Copyright © 2013 Umberto G. Rossi et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Percutaneous transhepatic removal techniques for malfunctioning plastic biliary endoprosthesis are considered safe and efficient second-line strategies, when endoscopic procedures are not feasible. We describe the percutaneous transhepatic balloon pulling technique in a patient with an unresectable malignant hilar cholangiocarcinoma.