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Gastroenterology Research and Practice
Volume 2010, Article ID 138748, 5 pages
Case Report

Placement of Covered Self-Expandable Metal Biliary Stent for the Treatment of Severe Postsphincterotomy Bleeding: Outcomes of Two Cases

Gastroenterology Service, IsMeTT, UPMC, Via Tricomi 1, 90146 Palermo, Italy

Received 15 October 2009; Revised 11 February 2010; Accepted 15 March 2010

Academic Editor: Hirozumi Sawai

Copyright © 2010 Marta Di Pisa 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.


We report two cases of severe postsphincterotomy bleeding in an adult and a pediatric patient treated, as first options, with available techniques to induce hemostasis without success. Because of persisting bleeding, an expandable, partially covered, metallic stent was placed into the choledocho to mechanically compress the bleeding site. The bleeding was stopped. In the following days, both patients remained hemodynamically stable with no further episodes of bleeding. We believe that the application of a covered metallic stent in a severe postendoscopic-sphincterotomy bleeding, refractory to injection therapy, should be considered to avoid additional interventions, which carry a higher risk of complications, even in pediatric patients.