Olympus EndoTherapy Biliary Stent Placement Procedure
Strictures in the biliary tree are either benign in nature or caused by malignant tumors. Some of the causes of biliary strictures are ampullary tumors, cholangiocarcinoma, choledocholithiasis, gallbladder tumors, benign tumors, Klatskin tumors, postoperative injuries, and fibrosis.
Symptoms of Biliary Strictures
The symptoms associated with biliary strictures are jaundice, anorexia, weight loss, and pruritus. The patient usually experiences abnormal or elevated liver function tests (LFTs) and bilirubin levels. Pain may or may not be present but can occur in the back, shoulder blades, or upper right quadrant of the abdominal area.
Treatment with ERCP
When biliary strictures are found, stenting devices are oftentimes placed after a dilation balloon is used to expand the interior diameter of the obstructed pathway to help ensure the blockage will not recur. Stents can be made of both metal (coated and non-coated) and plastic materials.
Dilation devices are used in a variety of circumstances to clear obstructed passageways and can be inflated to different diameters depending on the specific need. Recent technological advancements have made the procedure safer and easier to perform.
To order endoscopic devices or request an in-person demonstration, contact an Olympus EndoTherapy representative by calling 800.387.0437.
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