In this study, researchers from Italy evaluated the long-term results of percutaneous balloon dilation of benign bile duct strictures.
The team assessed 56 patients with benign bile duct strictures who underwent balloon catheter dilation.
Patients had benign strictures of various options.
|In 88% of cases the treatment was immediately successful.|
The research team found that in 41 cases the diagnosis was made on the basis of radiological findings and history. In 15 cases it was made on the basis of transluminal biopsy.
In 88% of cases the treatment was immediately successful.
The team found that there were no early recurrences. However, 21% of recurrences were in the first year after treatment. Of these, 57% underwent a further balloon dilation procedure with a positive long-term outcome.
Dr Suman's team concluded, "The long-term success rate obtained in 72% of this series confirms that percutaneous bile duct dilation is a valid alternative to surgery without being burdened by complications"
"The procedure is also a valid alternative to the approach using endoscopic stents".