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Sasaki and Sasahira: Direct Insertion of a Short-Type Single-Balloon Enteroscope and Using a Stent Retriever to Treat Difficult Bile Duct Stones in Surgically Altered Anatomy
A 78-year-old man who underwent distal gastrectomy with Roux-en-Y reconstruction for gastric cancer presented with multiple bile duct stones. A short-type (length, 152 cm) single-balloon-enteroscope (SBE) with a 3.2 mm working channel (SIF-H290S; Olympus Medical, Tokyo, Japan) was used for balloon enteroscopy-assisted endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (Fig. 1A). Small endoscopic sphincterotomy combined with endoscopic papillary large balloon dilation (EPLBD) (15 mm) was performed (Fig. 1B), and small stones were easily extracted. However, a large, impacted stone remained in the common bile duct. A short-type SBE (outer diameter 9.2 mm) was inserted into the common bile duct via the dilated papilla (Fig. 2A, Supplementary Video 1). The impacted stone was directly visualized and was crushed using a 7 Fr stent retriever (Fig. 2B). Then, small pieces of the stones were successfully removed using a basket catheter and retrieval balloon without complications (Fig. 2C).
Difficult bile duct stone removal is not uncommon [1]. A balloon enteroscope is useful for stone removal in patients with surgically altered anatomy [2]. In cases of large impacted stones, cholangioscopy-assisted lithotripsy is often necessary, but procedures using both SBE and cholangioscope are demanding [3,4]. As an alternative method, we inserted a SBE into the common bile duct [5,6]. There are a few technical tips to perform this procedure safely. First, the papilla needs to be dilated with EPLBD to enable the insertion of SBE into the common bile duct. Second, we used a stent retriever to crush the impacted stones. Although electronic hydraulic or laser lithotripsy are useful devices for impacted stone removal, they are expensive and have limited availability. On the other hand, a stent retriever is cheap and available in most institutions. Third, visualization of impacted stone is critical for safety. Even when the SBE cannot pass the papilla, repetitive insertion of a stent retriever over the guidewire can crush the impacted stone and make space for subsequent use of a basket catheter. As there is a risk of inflicting bile duct injury or insufficient crushing of impacted stones, it is better to visualize the impacted stone directly then crush it with a stent retriever. In this regard, the use of a short-type SBE combined with a stent retriever is a reasonable approach for the removal of impacted bile duct stones in patients with surgically altered anatomy.


Conflicts of Interest
The authors have no potential conflicts of interest.
Author Contributions
Data curation: Takashi Sasaki, Naoki Sasahira
Writing-original draft: TS
Writing-review&editing: NS

Supplementary Material

Video 1.

Direct insertion of a short-type single-balloon-enteroscope for cholangioscopy and using a stent retriever to treat difficult bile duct stones in surgically altered anatomy (

Fig. 1.
(A) Multiple bile duct stones were identified in the common bile duct. (B) Endoscopic papillary large balloon dilation with 15 mm was performed.
Fig. 2.
(A) Direct insertion of a short-type single-balloon-enteroscope for cholangioscopy. (B) The impacted stone was crushed using a 7 Fr stent retriever under direct view. (C) Multiple bile duct stones were successfully extracted.


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