Background: Biliary leakage is a problematic complication of hepatobiliary surgery. A novel alternative method is described that can obviate the need for reoperation for refractory biliary fistula. Methods: Nine patients with large biliary leaks unresponsive to endoscopic drainage underwent N-butyl-2-cyanoacrylate glue occlusion at ERCP. Results: In 7 patients, occlusion was successful with prompt control of the fistula in a single session, averting reoperation. In 1 patient there was a partial response and in another the treatment was unsuccessful. No procedure-related complication occurred over a median follow-up of 35 months (range: 1.6-160 months). Conclusion: N-butyl-2-cyanoacrylate glue occlusion is a safe and effective endoscopic method for control of refractory bile leaks that eliminates the need for surgical reintervention.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging