biliary fistula


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bil·i·ar·y fis·tu·la

a fistula leading to some portion of the biliary tract.

biliary fistula

an abnormal passage from the gallbladder, a bile duct, or the liver to an internal organ or the surface of the body. Biliary fistulae into the duodenum may complicate cholelithiasis; a gallstone may become impacted, usually in the ileocecal valve, and cause intestinal obstruction.

biliary fistula

A fistula through which bile is discharged after a biliary operation.
See also: fistula
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We aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), sphincterotomy and biliary stenting in the management of biliary fistulas after laparoscopic cholecystectomy.
Internal biliary fistulas are an uncommon complication of gallstones with a reported incidence of 0.
In 1893 Leon Bouveret first described this syndrome, in which one or more gallstones pass into the duodenum through a biliary fistula causing gastric outlet obstruction.
Three patients (14%) developed biliary fistula, 1 of which persisted until the patient's death.
One month following the surgery the patient developed a biliary fistula which subsided with conservative management.
One case presented with intrathoracic rupture through diaphragm, hepatobronchial biliary fistula and destruction of lung parenchyma.