Percutaneous Transhepatic Biliary Drainage

A common cause of jaundice is the obstruction in the bile ducts hampering the flow of bile. The underlying cause of the bile duct obstruction might be bile duct stones; a cancer of the bile ducts, of the pancreas head or of the gallbladder; or strictures after surgery.

PTBD (Percutaneous Transhepatic Biliary Drainage) is a procedure used to relieve this obstructive jaundice. A thin plastic tube (catheter) is placed in the liver to drain the obstructed bile duct system.

The plastic tube can be replaced by a permanent metallic device, called stent. Stent keeps the biliary ducts open without any need for a catheter.


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