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Metal stents are effective treatment for blocked bile ducts
Date:3/20/2013

NEW YORK (March 20, 2013) -- A multi-center analysis, led by Weill Cornell Medical College and published in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology, shows the use of temporary "fully covered self-expanding metal stents" (FCSEMS) can effectively fix a painful and potentially life-threatening benign biliary stricture -- a severely blocked or narrowed bile duct.

"Benign biliary strictures can be managed and resolved with these new fully covered metal stents with flared ends. Our study findings are similar to the recent European study results in patients overseas who received the metal stents," says Dr. Michel Kahaleh, chief of endoscopy in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Department of Medicine, at the Center for Advanced Digestive Care at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center and professor of clinical medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College.

Narrowing or blockage of a bile duct can lead to the dangerous leakage of bile into the body's organs and bloodstream. Bile is a necessary fluid produced by the liver that assists in the body's digestive process. Bile ducts are the series of thin, connected tubes that transport bile from the liver through the body to the small intestines. Patients who experience a bile duct stricture may experience jaundice, severe pain, itchiness, weight-loss, elevated liver function tests, cirrhosis and liver failure over a period of a few weeks.

Biliary strictures can be cancerous or benign. A benign stricture can occur as a result of surgical injury or trauma, pancreas inflammation, scarring or hardening of bile duct tissue caused by chronic inflammation, recurrent gallstones or poor reconnection of tissues post-liver transplantation. A biliary stricture is often diagnosed with explorative endoscopy -- a procedure that uses a thin flexible camera probe to hunt for blockages, CT imaging or MRI.

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Contact: Lauren Woods
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Weill Cornell Medical College
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