Percutaneous hepatolithotomy: The Northwestern University experience

Robert B. Nadler*, Jonathan N. Rubenstein, Samuel C. Kim, Adam C. Weiser, Michele N. Lohr, Robert L. Vogelzang, Willis G. Parsons

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Obstruction of intrahepatic ducts by calculi can lead to abdominal pain, cholestasis, abscesses, and cholangitis. Patients with stones recalcitrant to extraction using endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) have traditionally been referred to a general surgeon for open stone extraction or hepatic lobectomy despite its great potential morbidity. Borrowing techniques, instrumentation, and experience in performing percutaneous nephrolithotomy, we describe our experience with percutaneous hepatolithotomy (PHL), a minimally invasive, safe, and effective alternative to open surgery for recalcitrant biliary stones.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)293-297
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Endourology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jun 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology


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