Intrahepatic abscess as a complication of long-term percutaneous internal biliary drainage

Larry Pennington, Stephen Kaufman, John L. Cameron

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One hundred five patients with obstructive jaundice have undergone percutaneous transhepatic internal biliary drainage at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Many of these patients subsequently underwent corrective or palliative surgery, whereas others died of malignant disease after relatively short periods of catheter decompression. Seven of these patients with percutaneous internal biliary drainage, however, have been followed for over 8 months. Three of these seven patients developed intrahepatic abscesses at a mean of 16 months after catheter placement. Two of the three patients died of sepsis. In two of the patients the abscesses communicated with the biliary tree, in the third it did not. Intrahepatic abscess formation may be a common complication of long-term percutaneous transhepatic internal biliary drainage, and it should be suspected in any patient with fever or signs of sepsis who has been followed with catheter drainage for over 6 months.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)642-645
Number of pages4
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1982

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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