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Published: 2017-08-10

Percutaneous Transhepatic Biliary Stenting with Uncovered Self-Expandable Metallic Stents in Patients with Malignant Biliary Obstruction – Efficacy and Survival Analysis

Andrius Pranculis, Mantas Kievišas, Lina Kievišienė, Artūras Vaičius, Tomas Vanagas, Rytis Stasys Kaupas, Žilvinas Dambrauskas

(Department of Radiology, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Kaunas, Lithuania)

Pol J Radiol 2017; 82:431-440

DOI: 10.12659/PJR.901785


BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to assess short- and long-term outcomes of malignant biliary obstruction (MBO) treatment by percutaneous transhepatic biliary stenting (PTBS) with uncovered self-expandable metallic stents (SEMS), and to identify predictors of survival.
MATERIAL AND METHODS: A nine-year, single-centre study from a prospectively collected database included 222 patients with inoperable MBO treated by PTBS with uncovered nitinol SEMS.
RESULTS: Technical and clinical success rates were 95.9% and 82.4%, respectively. The total rate of postprocedural complications was 14.4%. The mean durations of the primary and secondary stent patency were 114.7±15.1 and 146.4±21.2 days, respectively. The 30-day mortality rate was 15.3% with no procedure-related deaths. The mean estimated length of survival was 143.3±20.6 days. Independent predictors increasing the risk of death included higher than 115 µmol/L serum bilirubin 2–5 days after biliary stenting (HR 3.274, P=0.019), distal (non-hilar) obstruction of the bile ducts (HR 3.711, P=0.008), Bismuth-Corlette type IV stricture (HR 2.082, P=0.008), obstruction due to gallbladder cancer (HR 31.029, P=0.012) and only partial drainage of liver parenchyma (HR 4.158, P=0.040).
CONCLUSIONS: PTBS with uncovered SEMS is an effective and safe method for palliative treatment of MBO. Serum bilirubin higher than 115 µmol/L 2–5 days after the procedure has a significant negative impact on patients’ survival. Lower survival is also determined by distal bile duct obstruction, Bismuth–Corlette type IV stricture, biliary obstruction caused by gallbladder cancer and when only partial liver drainage is applied.

Keywords: Cholestasis, Gastrointestinal Neoplasms, Radiology, Interventional, Stents, Survival Analysis



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