Pneumoperitoneum caused by air leakage through the percutaneous puncture tract as a complication of rendezvous technique: A case report

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Abstract

The rendezvous technique, combining percutaneous and endoscopic procedures, is a safe and effective method to achieve biliary cannulation if an endoscopic approach fails. The two procedures in this technique can be carried out simultaneously or in stages. A simultaneous approach is reported to be associated with fewer complications, and patients undergoing this approach can recover and be discharged more rapidly. Here, we report a complication of pneumoperitoneum in a patient who underwent percutaneous and endoscopic procedures simultaneously for the removal of a common bile duct stone. It was supposed that prolonged air insufflation during endoscopy forced intestinal air to track into the peritoneal cavity through the bile ducts and the puncture tract. Accordingly, a short wait before removing the percutaneous catheter to deflate the intestinal air will be helpful to avoid such a complication.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)614-617
Number of pages4
JournalKaohsiung Journal of Medical Sciences
Volume24
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Nov

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  • Medicine(all)

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