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GUI DELI NE TG13: Updated Tokyo Guidelines for acute cholangitis

and acute cholecystitis

TG13 indications and techniques for biliary drainage
in acute cholangitis (with videos)
Takao Itoi

Toshio Tsuyuguchi

Tadahiro Takada

Steven M. Strasberg

Henry A. Pitt

Myung-Hwan Kim

Giulio Belli

Toshihiko Mayumi

Masahiro Yoshida

Fumihiko Miura

Markus W. Bu chler

Dirk J. Gouma

O. James Garden

Palepu Jagannath

Harumi Gomi

Yasuyuki Kimura

Ryota Higuchi
Published online: 11 January 2013
Japanese Society of Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Surgery and Springer 2013
Abstract The Tokyo Guidelines of 2007 (TG07) descri-
bed the techniques and recommendations of biliary
decompression in patients with acute cholangitis. TG07
recommended that endoscopic transpapillary biliary
drainage should be selected as a rst-choice therapy for
acute cholangitis because it is associated with a low mor-
tality rate and shorter duration of hospitalization. However,
TG07 did not include the whole technique of standard
endoscopic transpapillary biliary drainage, for example,
biliary cannulation techniques including contrast medium-
assisted cannulation, wire-guided cannulation, and treat-
ment of duodenal major papilla using endoscopic papillary
balloon dilation (EPBD). Furthermore, recently single-
or double-balloon enteroscopy-assisted biliary drainage
(BE-BD) and endoscopic ultrasonography-guided biliary
drainage (EUS-BD) have been reported as special tech-
niques for biliary drainage. Nevertheless, the updated
Tokyo Guidelines (TG13) recommends that endoscopic
drainage should be rst-choice treatment for biliary
decompression in patients with non-surgically altered
anatomy and suggests that the choice of cannulation tech-
nique or drainage method (endoscopic naso-biliary drain-
age and stenting) depends on the endoscopists preference
but EST should be selected rather than EPBD from the
Electronic supplementary material The online version of this
article (doi:10.1007/s00534-012-0569-8) contains supplementary
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T. Itoi (&)
Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology,
Tokyo Medical University, 6-7-1 Nishishinjuku,
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0023, Japan
T. Tsuyuguchi F. Miura
Department of Medicine and Clinical Oncology, Graduate
School of Medicine, Chiba University, Chiba, Japan
T. Takada
Department of Surgery, Teikyo University School of Medicine,
Tokyo, Japan
S. M. Strasberg
Section of Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery, Washington
University School of Medicine, St. Louis, USA
H. A. Pitt
Department of Surgery, Indiana University School of Medicine,
Indianapolis, IN, USA
M.-H. Kim
Department of Internal Medicine, Asan Medical Center,
University of Ulsan, Seoul, Korea
G. Belli
General and HPB Surgery, Loreto Nuovo Hospital, Naples, Italy
T. Mayumi
Department of Emergency and Critical Care Medicine,
Ichinomiya Municipal Hospital, Ichinomiya, Japan
M. Yoshida
Clinical Research Center Kaken Hospital, International
University of Health and Welfare, Ichikawa, Japan
M. W. Buchler
Department of Surgery, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg,
D. J. Gouma
Department of Surgery, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam,
The Netherlands
O. J. Garden
Clinical Surgery, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
P. Jagannath
Department of Surgical Oncology, Lilavati Hospital and
Research Centre, Mumbai, India
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aspect of procedure-related complications. In terms of BE-
BD and EUS-BD, although there are many reports on the
their usefulness, they should be performed by skilled en-
doscopists in high-volume institutes, who are good at ent-
eroscopy or echoendosonography, respectively, because
procedures and devices are not yet established.
Free full-text articles and a mobile application of TG13
are available via
Keywords Cholangitis Percutaneous biliary drainage
Endoscopic biliary drainage Endoscopic cholangio-
pancreatography Guidelines
Acute cholangitis varies in severity, ranging from a mild form
which can be treated by conservative therapy to a severe form
which leads to a life-threatening state, e.g. shock state and
altered sensorium. In particular, the severe formoften results in
mortality in the elderly [13]. Biliary drainage, which is the
most essential therapy for acute cholangitis, is divided into
three types, surgical, percutaneous transhepatic, and endo-
scopic drainage. Of these therapies, it is well known that sur-
gical intervention leads to the highest mortality rate [1].
Recently, mortality due to acute cholangitis has decreased due
to development of percutaneous transhepatic cholangial
drainage (PTCD) [4] and endoscopic biliary drainage [5, 6].
Nevertheless, acute cholangitis can still be fatal unless it is
treated in a timely way. The Tokyo Guidelines of 2007 (TG07)
describedthe fundamental biliarydrainage techniques for acute
cholangitis [7]. Subsequently, new biliary drainage techniques
for the therapy of acute cholangitis have been reported. Herein,
we describe the indications and techniques of biliary drainage
for acute cholangitis in the updated Tokyo Guidelines (TG13).
Indications and techniques of biliary drainage
In TG13, biliary drainage is recommended for acute cho-
langitis regardless of degree of severity other than some
cases of mild acute cholangitis in which antibiotics and
general supportive care are effective.
Q1. What is the most preferable biliary drainage?
endoscopic vs percutaneous vs surgical drainage for
acute cholangitis?
We recommend endoscopic biliary drainage for acute
We suggest that percutaneous transhepatic biliary
cholangitis (recommendation 1, level B).
drainage may be considered as alternative
(recommendation 2, level C).
methods when endoscopic biliary drainage is difficult
Endoscopic drainage should be considered the rst-choice
drainage procedure because several studies have described it
as less invasive than other drainage techniques [711].
Percutaneous transhepatic cholangial drainage
(supplement video 1)
Nowadays, percutaneous transhepatic cholangial drainage
(PTCD), also known as percutaneous transhepatic biliary
drainage (PTBD), has become the second choice of therapy
for acute cholangitis following endoscopic drainage
because of possible complications, including intraperito-
neal hemorrhage and biliary peritonitis, and the need for a
long hospital stay. However, PTCD can still be conducted
in any of the following circumstances: (1) in patients with
an inaccessible papilla due to upper GI tract obstruction, as
in duodenal obstruction or surgically altered anatomy like
Whipple resection or Roux-en-Y anastomosis, in which the
passage of endoscope or endoscopic drainage is thought to
be difcult or impossible; (2) when skilled pancreaticob-
iliary endoscopists are not available in the institution.
Furthermore, even in patients with non-surgically altered
anatomy, PTCD can be salvage therapy when conventional
endoscopic drainage has failed. In general, coagulopathy is
a relative contraindication. However, if there is no other
life-saving method, PTCD would be indicated.
Before the prevalence of transabdominal ultrasonography,
needle puncture of the bile duct was conducted under
uoroscopy [4]. Currently, needle puncture is safely per-
formed under ultrasonography to avoid the intervening
blood vessel [12]. Therefore, in the current PTCD proce-
dure, operators should continuously observe the bile duct
using ultrasonography regardless of the presence of
H. Gomi
Center for Clinical Infectious Diseases, Jichi Medical University,
Tochigi, Japan
Y. Kimura
Department of Surgical Oncology and Gastroenterological
Surgery, Sapporo Medical University School of Medicine,
Sapporo, Japan
R. Higuchi
Department of Surgery, Institute of Gastroenterology, Tokyo
Womens Medical University, Tokyo, Japan
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dilation. The PTCD procedure is performed as follows, and
as previously described [4]. Briey, at rst, ultrasonogra-
phy-guided transhepatic puncture of the intrahepatic bile
duct is conducted using an 18- to 22-G needle. After
conrming backow of bile, a guidewire is advanced into
the bile duct. Finally, a 7- to 10-Fr catheter is placed in the
bile duct under uoroscopic control over the guidewire.
Puncture using a small-gauge (22-G) needle is safer in
patients without biliary dilation than with biliary dilation.
According to the Quality Improvement Guidelines pro-
duced by American radiologists, the success rates of
drainage are 86 % in patients with biliary dilation and
63 % in those without biliary dilation [12].
Surgical drainage
In benign diseases like bile duct stones, surgical drainage is
extremely rare because of the prevalence of endoscopic
drainage or PTCD for the therapy of acute cholangitis.
However, in patients with acute cholangitis due to unre-
sectable neoplasms like cancer of the pancreatic head,
hepaticojejunostomy can be performed as bypass surgery
only in limited patients without severe acute cholangitis. In
particular, when periampullary neoplastic lesions like
cancer of the pancreatic head or ampullary cancer, show
both acute cholangitis and duodenal obstruction, double
bypass surgery, hepaticojejunostomy and gastrojejunos-
tomy, may be a rare choice.
Open drainage for decompression of the bile duct is per-
formed as a surgical intervention. When surgical drainage
in critically ill patients with bile duct stones is performed,
prolonged operations should be avoided and simple pro-
cedures, such as T-tube placement without choledocholi-
thotomy, are recommended [13].
Endoscopic biliary drainage
Endoscopic transpapillary biliary drainage has become the
gold standard technique for acute cholangitis, regardless of
whether the pathology is benign or malignant, because it is a
minimally invasive drainage method [4]. On the other hand,
endoscopic drainage using a standard duodenoscope in pati-
ents with duodenal obstruction and surgically altered anatomy,
like Roux-en-Y anastomosis, seems to be contraindicated.
The timing of endoscopic biliary drainage is very
important for the clinical outcome. Khashab et al. [14]
described that delayed (more than 72 h after administration)
and unsuccessful ERCP are associated with worse outcomes
in patients with acute cholangitis. Actually, in TG07, two
thirds of outstanding pancreatobiliary surgeons and endos-
copists supported the use of emergent or early drainage in
patients with moderate or severe cholangitis [15].
Biliary cannulation
Biliary cannulation should be conducted in advance of
biliary drainage. Basically, there are two biliary cannula-
tion techniques, namely contrast medium-guided cannula-
tion (standard cannulation) and wire-guided cannulation.
Q2. What technique should be used for biliary
cannulation? Standard cannulation or wire-guided
We suggest that either standard cannulation or wire-guided
(recommendation 2, level B).
cannulation can be considered for bile duct access
Two meta-analyses of a randomized controlled trial (RCT)
on the comparison between standard cannulation and wire-
guided cannulation showed that wire-guided cannulation
was able to increase the successful biliary cannulation rate
and prevent post-ERCP pancreatitis [16, 17]. Recently,
however, two RCTs have shown that there is no statisti-
cally signicant difference between standard cannulation
and wire-guided cannulation on the success rate of biliary
cannulation or the prevention rate of post-ERCP pancrea-
titis [18, 19]. Therefore, the choice of techniques for biliary
cannulation is still controversial.
When biliary cannulation using standard cannulation or
wire-guided cannulation techniques fails, precutting, which
means an incision of the papilla enabling the bile duct
orice to be opened for biliary cannulation, may be per-
formed if an alternative method, like PTCD or surgical
intervention, is not performed. In the main, two types of
precutting methods are used. Needle knife precutting using
needle-type sphincterotome is well known as a basic pre-
cutting method (Fig. 1a). Alternatively, several endosco-
pists prefer pancreatic sphincter precutting using a pull-
type sphincterotome for biliary access (Fig. 1b). The use of
precutting methods depends on the institution and endos-
copist. It is known that precutting is likely to cause serious
complications, such as acute pancreatitis and perforation,
and therefore it should be performed only by skilled
endoscopists [20, 21].
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Endoscopic naso-biliary drainage and endoscopic
biliary stenting
Endoscopic transpapillary biliary drainage is divided into
two types: endoscopic naso-biliary drainage (ENBD) as an
external drainage and endoscopic biliary stenting (EBS) as
an internal drainage. Although, basically, both endoscopic
biliary drainage types can be conducted in all acute
cholangitis, they may be contraindicated in patients in
whom the endoscope cannot reach the papilla due to GI
tract obstruction or surgically altered anatomy, or in whom
endoscopic procedures are inadequate because of critical
illness. In particular, ENBD should be avoided in patients
with poor compliance, who may remove the tube, and those
with abnormalities of the nasal cavity causing difculty in
naso-biliary tube insertion.
In the case of biliary drainage for therapy of acute
cholangitis, skillful endoscopic technique is mandatory
because long and unsuccessful procedures may lead to
serious complications in critical ill patients. Therefore,
endoscopists who perform endoscopic biliary drainage in
these patients, should already have a high success rate of
biliary cannulation including the precutting technique.
Q3. What procedure should be used for endoscopic
biliary drainage? ENBD or EBS?
We suggest that either ENBD or EBS may be considered
for biliary drainage (recommendation 2, level B).
Three comparative studies have shown that there is no
statistically signicant difference in technical success,
clinical success, complications and mortality between
ENBD and EBS, although a visual analogue scale was
higher in the ENBD group than in the EBS group
(Table 1) [2224]. In consequence of these results, TG13
suggests that either drainage procedure can be selected
according to the preference of the endoscopist. However,
if ENBD is selected for the treatment of acute cholan-
gitis, we should bear in mind that if the patient has
discomfort from the transnasal tube placement, they are
likely to remove the tube themselves, especially elderly
One RCT has revealed that biliary drainage is not
mandatory after endoscopic clearance of the common bile
duct in patients with choledocholithiasis-induced cholan-
gitis (level B) [25].
ENBD (supplement video 2)
ENBD procedures are described in detail in TG07 [4].
Briey, after selective biliary cannulation, a 5-Fr to 7-Fr
tube is placed in the bile duct as an external drainage over
the guidewire (Fig. 2a).
EBS (supplement video 3)
EBS procedures is also described in the previous guideline
[4]. In brief, after selective biliary cannulation, a 7- to
Fig. 1 Precutting technique. a Needle knife precutting using needle-
type sphincterotome. Bile duct orice is opened by precutting.
b Schema of pancreatic sphincter precutting. Cutting wire is bowed
toward the bile duct direction
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10-Fr plastic stent is placed in the bile duct as an internal
drainage over the guidewire. There are two different stent
shapes, a straight type with a single ap with a sidehole
(Amsterdam type) (Fig. 2b) or radial aps without a side-
hole (Tannenbaum type) on both sides, and a double pig-
tail type to prevent inward and outward stent migration.
There is no comparative study between straight type and
pig-tail type stents. Therefore, either stent can be selected
according to the preference of the endoscopist.
Treatment of the major papilla
Endoscopic sphincterotomy (EST)
EST technique is usually used for stone removal and, at
times, prevention of the occlusion of the pancreatic duct
orice by placement of a large-bore biliary stent (more than
10-Fr or a self-expandable metal stent).
Q4. Is EST necessary in endoscopic biliary drainage?
We suggest that addition of EST should be determined
We suggest that EST followed by stone removal without
procedure in patients with choledocholithiasis - induced
acute cholangitis (recommendation 2, level C).
according to the patients condition and the operators
biliary drainage can be recommended as an alternative
skill (recommendation 2, level C).
As TG07 described, an additional EST is not necessary in
acute cholangitis as follows: (1) additional EST causes
complications such as hemorrhage [26, 27]; (2) post-EST
hemorrhage is one of the risk factors of acute cholangitis
[20]. In particular, the use of EST in patients with severe
(grade III) disease complicated by coagulopathy should be
avoided. Nevertheless, EST has some advantages as fol-
lows: (1) it provides not only drainage but also clearance of
bile duct stones at a single session in patients with cho-
ledocholithiasis (not complicated by severe cholangitis).
(2) Precutting can allow bile duct access, providing biliary
drainage in patients in whom selective biliary cannulation
is impossible using the standard cannulation technique. In
particular, stone removal in one session can shorten the
hospital stay. Therefore, TG13 suggests that addition of
EST should be determined according to the patients con-
dition and the operators skill.
The detail of EST procedures is described in TG07 [4].
Briey, after selective biliary cannulation with or without a
guidewire, a pull-type sphincterotomy incision is per-
formed below the transverse fold (Fig. 3). When the
transverse fold is not present, the superior margin of the
papilla bulge is used as a landmark to determine the length
of the sphincterotomy (supplement video 4). An electro-
surgical generator with a controlled cutting system
(Endocut mode, ICC200, VIO300, ERBE Elektromedizin
GmbH, Tubingen, Germany) is used for EST; the push-
type is used for EST in patients with Billroth II gastrec-
tomy or Roux-en-Y anastomosis. Only a limited incision is
necessary in EST for drainage purposes using a large-bore
stent, unlike that for stone removal [10]. Endoscopists
should remember that EST may cause acute pancreatitis or
cholangitis, which may become life-threatening when
severe [20].
Table 1 Comparison of results between ENBD and stent placement in acute cholangitis cases
References Method n RCT Technical success (%) Clinical success (%) VAS Adverse events (%) Mortality rate (%)
Lee [22] ENBD 40 100 85100 3.9 (2.7) 5 2.5
Yes p = 0.02
EBS 34 98 8292
1.8 (2.6) 0 12
Sharma [23] ENBD 74 99 100 0 2.7
Yes N/A
EBS 73 98 100 0 2.7
Park [24] ENBD 41 100 86100
32 0
No N/A
EBS 39 100 80100
39 0
ENBD endoscopic naso-biliary drainage, EBS endoscopic biliary stenting, RCT randomized controlled trial, VAS visual analog scale [mean
(SD)], N/A not applicable
Including pain, fever, and jaundice
Including pain, fever, altered sensorium, hypotension, and renal failure
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Endoscopic papillary balloon dilation (EPBD)
The EPBD procedure is usually used instead of EST for
removal of bile duct stones [28]. Until now, there has been
no comparative study on the use of EPBD during biliary
drainage to treat acute cholangitis due to bile duct stones.
EPBD, like EST, has the advantage of reducing the number
of therapeutic sessions and shortening the hospital stay in
patients with acute cholangitis caused by bile duct stones.
One systematic review revealed that EPBD is statistically
less successful for stone removal, requires higher rates of
mechanical lithotripsy, and carries a higher risk of pan-
creatitis, although it also has statistically signicant lower
rates of bleeding [29]. Thus, TG13 suggests that EPBD
appears to be useful for treatment in patients who have
coagulopathy and acute cholangitis caused by a small
On the other hand, theoretically, since the aim of EPBD
is to preserve the function of the sphincter of Oddi, EPBD
alone without biliary drainage is contraindicated for the
therapy of acute cholangitis. In addition, EPBD should be
avoided in patients with biliary pancreatitis.
After selective biliary cannulation, a small balloon up to
8-mm in diameter, depending on the diameters of the bile
duct and the stone, is advanced into the bile duct across the
papilla. Then, the sphincter of Oddi is gradually dilated by
ination of the balloon until the waist of the balloon dis-
appears. Then, clearance of the bile duct stone is conducted
using a basket catheter and balloon catheter.
Special techniques of endoscopic biliary drainage
Recently, several new techniques of endoscopic biliary
drainage have been developed.
Fig. 2 Endoscopic biliary drainage. a Endoscopic naso-biliary
drainage. b Endoscopic biliary stenting. A 7-Fr plastic stent is placed
after performing EST and pus comes from the bile duct
Fig. 3 Endoscopic sphincterotomy. A pull-type sphincterotomy
incision was performed below the transverse fold
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Balloon enteroscope-assisted bile duct drainage
ERCP in patients with surgically altered anatomy can be
challenging. In general, Roux-en-Y anastomosis has been
thought to preclude endoscopic access for ERCP because of
the extensive lengths of the efferent and afferent limbs that
must be traversed to reach the major papilla or hepaticojej-
unostomy site. Recently, single balloon enteroscopy (SBE)
and double balloon enteroscopy (DBE) have enabled suc-
cessful ERCP to be performed in patients with such surgi-
cally altered anatomy. Several investigators have reported
various success rates (40 to 95 %) with adverse events rates
below 5 % (Tables 2, 3) [3042]. However, since this
technique may be unsuccessful and time-consuming, its
indication should be cautiously decided. Although ideal
operators are those who are skilled in both balloon enteros-
copy and ERCP, in some institutions, GI endoscopists
advance an endoscope to the papilla or anastomotic site and
then pancreaticobiliary endoscopists perform ERCP.
Therefore, if the operators are not good at this technique,
therapy using balloon enteroscopy should be avoided.
Techniques (supplement video 5)
The SBE and DBE balloon system consists of a video
enteroscope (XSIF-Q260Y; Olympus Medical Systems,
Tokyo, Japan and long-type DBE: EN-450T5, short-type
DBE: EC-450B15/EI-530B, Fujilm Co., Ltd., Saitama,
Japan), a sliding tube with a balloon and a balloon con-
troller. The DBE has a balloon at the tip of the endoscope
in addition to the balloon of the overtube. Endoscopes are
advanced to the papilla or anastomotic site using the
pushing and pulling techniques (Fig. 4a, b). An injection
catheter and a tapered catheter are used for initial cannu-
lation. First, 0.0250.035-inch guidewires are inserted into
the bile duct. Finally, 58.5-Fr naso-biliary drainage
catheters and self-expandable metallic stents are placed
into the bile duct for biliary decompression. In cases
requiring an endoscopic sphincterotomy, a sphincterotome
and needle knife are advanced into the bile duct over or
alongside the guidewire. In cases of EPBD, a conventional
dilation catheter is used for the papilla or
Table 2 Outcome of single-balloon enteroscopy-assisted ERCP
References n Technical success
(1st attempt) (%)
events (%)
Itoi [30] 11 72 None
Saleem [31] 56 91 None
Wang [32] 12 90 17
Total 79 89 2.50
Table 3 Outcome of double-balloon enteroscopy-assisted ERCP
(n [5)
References n Technical success
(1st attempt) (%)
events (%)
Mehdizadeh [34] 5 40 None
Emmett [35] 14 80 None
Aabakken [36] 13 85 None
Masser [37] 9 67 None
Kuga [38] 6 83 None
Pohl [39] 15 87 None
Shimatani [40] 68 96 5
Tsujino [41] 12 94 17
Itoi [42] 9 67 None
Total 151 86 3.3
Fig. 4 Balloon enteroscope-assisted ERCP. a ERCP in esophagojej-
unostomy with Roux-en-Y patient. b ERCP in hepaticojejunostomy
with Roux-en-Y patient
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hepaticojejunostomy site. When selective cannulation is
not possible, a needle knife is used for pre-cutting. A
basket catheter, retrieval balloon catheter, and/or mechan-
ical lithotriptor are used for removal of stones.
Endoscopic ultrasonography-guided bile duct drainage
Recently, endoscopic ultrasonography (EUS)-guided bili-
ary drainage has been reported as a salvage therapy when
standard endoscopic drainage has failed [4354]. Since the
technique and devices of this procedure are not yet estab-
lished and there is no dedicated device for this procedure, it
should be conducted only in selected patients in whom
standard biliary drainage by means of ERCP or PTCD has
failed or is contraindicated for various reasons like con-
siderable ascites. There are two methods of approach in
EUS-guided biliary drainage: (1) EUS-guided intrahepatic
bile duct drainage (Fig. 5a) by a transesophageal, trans-
gastric or transjejunal approach; (2) EUS-guided extrahe-
patic bile duct drainage (Fig. 5b) by a transduodenal or
transgastric approach. The choice of drainage route
depends on the presence of a gastric outlet obstruction and
the stricture site of the bile duct. Several published data on
EUS-guided intrahepatic bile duct drainage and extrahe-
patic bile duct drainage show that the success rate is high
(95 %), with 93100 % (intention-to-treat) response rates
(Table 4) [4354]. Most of the reported cases of adverse
events were pneumoperitonitis but there was no serious
adverse event. However, since the procedure is not yet
established, it should be conducted by endoscopists skilled
in both echoendosonography and ERCP.
Techniques [55] (supplement video 6 and video 7)
Theoretically, the intrahepatic bile duct and liver, including
the extrahepatic bile duct does not adhere to the GI tract.
Therefore, there is a possibility of bile leakage during the
procedure; particularly, if the procedure fails, serious bile
peritonitis can occur. A needle knife (Zimmon papillotomy
knife, or Cystotome, Wilson-Cook, Winston-Salem, NC)
catheter using electrocautery (EndoCut ICC200, VIO300D,
ERBE Elektromedizin GmbH, Tubingen, Germany), or a
19-gauge needle (EchoTip, Wilson-Cook), is advanced into
the bile duct under EUS visualization after conrming the
absence of intervening blood vessels to avoid bleeding.
After the stylet is removed, bile is aspirated and then
contrast medium is injected into the gallbladder for cho-
lecystography, then a 450 cm long, 0.025- or 0.035-inch
guidewire is advanced into the outer sheath. If necessary, a
biliary catheter for dilation (Soehendra Biliary Dilator,
Wilson-Cook), papillary balloon dilation catheter (Max-
pass, Olympus Medical Systems), and electrical cautery
needle, are used for dilation of the hepaticoenterostomy
site and choledochoenterostomy site. Finally, a 7-Fr plastic
stent or a self-expandable metal stent are advanced into the
bile duct.
Fig. 5 EUS-guided biliary approaches. a EUS-guided intrahepatic
bile duct approach. b EUS-guided extrahepatic bile duct approach
Table 4 Outcome of endosonography-guided bile duct drainage
Drainage No. of
success (%)
success (%)
HES 4 100 100 25
HGS 50 96 98 16
HJS 4 75 100 0
CDS 61 95 100 16
CGS 6 100 100 17
IHBD intrahepatic bile duct, EHBD extrahepatic bile duct, HES he-
paticoesophagostomy, HGS hepaticogastrostomy, HJS hepaticojejun-
ostomy, CDS choledochoduodenostomy, CGS choledochogastrostomy
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Acknowledgments We are indebted to Professor J. Patrick Barron,
Chairman of the Department of International Medical Communica-
tions at Tokyo Medical University, for his editorial review of the
English manuscript.
Conict of interest None.
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