Obstructive putty-like cast of the biliary tree

S.H.E.M. Clermonts, R.M. van Dam

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A 62-year-old woman was presented at the emergency department with cholangiosepsis. She had a history of liver metastases for which she had a left hemihepatectomy and loco regional recurrence at the liver hilum for which she received chemoradiation therapy MR-imaging of the liver showed multiple intrahepatic fluid collections/abscesses, together with significantly dilated intrahepatic bile ducts. For her significant hepatic function impairment she received antibiotic treatment and percutaneous drainage. The differential diagnosis was local tumor recurrence or post radiation fibrosis causing outflow obstruction centrally in the liver hilum. During the admission the serum bilirubin values kept rising. During surgery surgeons decided to perform a hepatotomy and connect a loop of the jejunum directly on the liver parenchyma, in order to allow better drainage. Intra operatively, after the hepatotomy, we encountered green-brownisch putty-like material. By traction a 'cast' of a large part of the biliary tree was removed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-49
JournalHepatobiliary & Pancreatic Diseases International
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014

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