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April 1978

Proximal Hepatic Duct Reconstruction: Repair Using Sutureless Mucosal Graft Hepaticojejunostomy

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, University of Kentucky Medical Center, Lexington.

Arch Surg. 1978;113(4):490-495. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1978.01370160148025

• Six patients who had hepatic duct lesions, five who had strictures, and one who had a right hepatic duct transection underwent repair by sutureless mucosal graft hepaticojejunostomy. All patients had initial improvement, and five have maintained excellent biliary-intestinal continuity after an average 25-month follow-up. In one patient, recurrent symptoms developed and she died of cholangiocarcinoma.

This technique is simple and fulfills the criteria for successful high hepatic duct reconstruction. The promising early results in these patients suggest that this procedure may provide a superior approach to this difficult problem.

(Arch Surg 113:490-495, 1978)

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