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Diagnostic and Therapeutic Endoscopy
Volume 1, Issue 2, Pages 113-115

A Biliary Endoprosthesis Functioning After Six Years

1Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY, USA
2Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY, USA
3Beth Israel Medical Center, North Division, New York, NY, USA
4Dept. of Gastroenterology, Maimonides Medical Center, 4802 Tenth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11219, USA

Received 6 January 1994; Accepted 10 February 1994

Copyright © 1994 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. 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.


The functional lifetime for biliary endoprostheses has typically been 7 months. When combined with sphincterotomy for common bile duct stones, it affords an alternative to surgery in high risk patients. Biliary endoprostheses often require replacement in these patients, though recent reports suggest they are functioning longer. We present an 85-year-old asymptomatic woman with a 6-year-old biliary endoprosthesis, believed to be the longest functioning stent reported in the literature.