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Diagnostic and Therapeutic Endoscopy
Volume 3 (1996), Issue 1, Pages 67-72
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/DTE.3.67

Endoscopic Treatment of Postoperative External Biliary Fistula in a Patient Operated on for Hepatic Injury Due to Multiple Trauma

1Department of General Surgery, General Hospital of Menaggio, Como, Italy
2Digestive Endoscopy Service, General Hospital of Menaggio, Como, Italy
3S.S.U.Em. 118, General Hospital of Menaggio, Como, Italy
4Via Derna 5, Milano I-20132, Italy

Received 26 January 1996; Accepted 20 March 1996

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Abstract

After surgery for hepatic injury as a result of blunt abdominal trauma from a motorcycle accident, an external biliary fistula developed in a young patient. The authors describe the rapid and complete healing of the fistula by use of a nasobiliary catheter. These findings emphasize the importance of endoscopic operative technique for postoperative and traumatic external biliary fistulas.