Early postoperative endoscopic sphincterotomy for retained biliary stones.
Bickerstaff KI., Berry AR., Chapman RW., Britton J.
Endoscopic sphincterotomy was attempted on 18 patients with retained biliary stones. Endoscopy was performed within 2 weeks of the operation in 13 patients and within 3 weeks in 5 patients. A T-tube was present in 14 patients and 6 patients had multiple stones. Sphincterotomy and complete duct clearance was achieved in 17 patients (94%) and a complication (haemorrhage) occurred in one patient (6%).