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July 15, 1988

Benign Strictures of Bile Ducts

JAMA. 1988;260(3):412. doi:10.1001/jama.1988.03410030132051

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This book is written by three surgeons from the Moscow Medical Institute and has been translated from Russian into English. The book presents an encyclopedic review of the subject of benign strictures of the bile ducts.

The writing throughout is somewhat wordy and nonobjective. The book begins in a rather unsophisticated way with a review of the terminology and classification of various types of bile duct strictures. These have been classified by the authors according to their etiology and by the level of the ductal lesion, degree of narrowing, extent of the stricture, and clinical course of the patient. Benign posttraumatic strictures, strictures of previous biliary anastomoses, secondary inflammatory strictures from other lesions, and primary sclerosing cholangitis are all covered.

Several chapters are devoted to the causes of strictures, their clinical manifestations, methods of diagnosis, preparing the patient for surgery, principles of surgery for bile duct strictures, operative techniques of