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Minerva Surgery 2023 October;78(5):545-57

DOI: 10.23736/S2724-5691.23.09866-0

Copyright © 2023 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

lingua: Inglese

Detection and management of bile duct injury during cholecystectomy

Francesco MARCHEGIANI 1, Maria CONTICCHIO 2, Alizée ZADOROZNYJ 1, Riccardo INCHINGOLO 3, Riccardo MEMEO 2, Nicola DE’ANGELIS 1

1 Unit of Colorectal and Digestive Surgery, DIGEST Department, Beaujon University Hospital, AP-HP, University of Paris Cité, Clichy, France; 2 Unit of Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Surgery, F. Miulli General Regional Hospital, Acquaviva delle Fonti, Bari, Italy; 3 Unit of Interventional Radiology, F. Miulli General Regional Hospital, Acquaviva delle Fonti, Bari, Italy



INTRODUCTION: Cholecystectomy represents one of the most performed surgical procedures. Bile duct injuries (BDIs) are a dangerous complication of this intervention. With the advent of the laparoscopy, the rate of BDIs showed a growing trend that was partially justified by the learning curve of this technique.
EVIDENCE ACQUISITION: A literature search was conducted on Embase, Medline, and Cochrane databases to identify studies published up to October 2022 that analyzed the intraoperative detection and management of BDIs diagnosed during cholecystectomy.
EVIDENCE SYNTHESIS: According to the literature, approximately 25% of BDIs is diagnosed during the laparoscopic cholecystectomy. In the clinical suspicion of BDI, an intraoperative cholangiography is performed to confirm it. Complimentary technology, such as near-infrared cholangiography, can be also adopted. Intraoperative ultrasound represents a useful tool to furtherly define the biliary and the vascular anatomy. The proper classification of the type of BDI allows to identify the correct treatment. When a good expertise in hepato-pancreato-biliary surgery is available, a direct repair is performed with good outcomes both in case of simple and complex lesions. When the local resources are limited or there is a lack of dedicated surgical experience, patient referral to a reference center shows better outcomes. In particular, complex vasculo-biliary injuries require a highly specialized treatment. The key elements to transfer the patients are a good documentation of the injury, a proper drainage of the abdomen, and an antibiotic therapy.
CONCLUSIONS: BDI management requires a proper diagnostic process and prompt treatment to reduce the morbidity and mortality of this feared complication occurring during cholecystectomy.


KEY WORDS: Bile ducts; Biliary fistula; Cholecystectomy

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