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Diagnosis and treatment of symptomatic common bile duct stones following cholecystectomy by means of EUS and ERCP

Epublication WebSurg.com, Apr 2015;15(04). URL: http://websurg.com/doi/vd01en4509

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A post-cholecystectomy syndrome is a well-known condition, which includes dyspepsia and biliary-like abdominal pain coupled with deterioration of liver enzymes. Biliary factors responsible for a post-cholecystectomy syndrome could be the following: biliary iatrogenic duct strictures, retained stones in the common bile duct (CBD), cystic stump, or even a gallbladder remnant. The diagnosis of stones is difficult to establish considering that even trans-abdominal ultrasonography has a diagnostic sensitivity of only 27%. Conversely, endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) is a very useful tool to diagnose stones in such situations, allowing to perform subsequent ERCP and stone extraction during the same anesthetic session. Here, we report the case of a 69-year-old man who underwent laparoscopic cholecystectomy and who was referred to us after 24 hours of abdominal colic pain and cholestasis. He underwent EUS, which diagnosed residual common bile duct stones. As a result, treatment was performed by means of ERCP during the same session.