First use of a scoring balloon to perform Oddi sphincteroplasty for biliary stones

Authors Andrea Coppola, Filippo Piacentino, Edoardo Macchi, Giuseppe De Marchi, Anna Maria Ierardi, Gianpaolo Carrafiello, Federico Fontana.


Balloon sphincteroplasty is a well-known procedure for the treatment of biliary stones. Scoring balloons are characterized by rigid tangential elements that provide focal force, achieving a greater pressure than normal balloons. We report the first (to our knowledge) use of a scoring balloon to perform sphincteroplasty in 4 cases of elderly people presenting with symptomatic choledocholithiasis. In all cases we achieved complete common bile duct clearing with good symptom relief. No procedural complications were observed.

Keywords Gallstones, calculi, cholangiography, transhepatic sphincteroplasty, sphincter of Oddi, interventional radiology

Ann Gastroenterol 2019; 32 (4): 416-418

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