Should plastic stents be avoided in all unresectable malignant perihilar biliary strictures?

Hiroki Kawashima, Akihiro Itoh, Eizaburo Ohno, Hidemi Goto, Yoshiki Hirooka

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Clinical guidelines of the European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy recommend the insertion of self-expandable metallic stents (SEMS) as opposed to plastic stents (PS) in patients with unresectable malignant perihilar stricture (MHS). However, PS are cheaper and easier to insert into the biliary duct compared to SEMS. Furthermore, PS are removable and easy to move into subsequent drainage procedures. We conducted the present retrospective single-center study to elucidate the predictive factors associated with stent patency period duration in patients with unresectable MHS who would benefit from a long patency period after PS placement. This study included 56 consecutive patients with unresectable MHS who were drained using PS. PS failure occurred in 26 (46.4%) patients. The median patency period was72 days (95% confidence interval: 29.8-114). The only significant predictive factor associated with the length of the stent patency period was history of previous endoscopic sphincterotomy (EST). Median patency periods with and without previous EST were 28 and 109 days, respectively (P = 0.016). In conclusion, we suggest that conventional biliary drainage with PS is still a suitable option for the treatment of unresectable MHS in patients without previous EST.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)86-89
Number of pages4
JournalDigestive Endoscopy
Issue numberSUPPL.2
Publication statusPublished - 05-2013
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Gastroenterology


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