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Biliobiliary Fistulae: Our Experience with Eight Cases

Biliobiliary Fistulae: Our Experience with Eight Cases Abstract Biliobiliary fistulae constitute one of the nonmalignant complications of gallstone disease. Never diagnosed before the operation—either clinically or roentgenologically—they are exclusively an operating-table finding. They always occur in connection with long-standing lithiasis. In our practice we have been able to observe several patients with this type of complication. Etiologically this condition is directly related to the impaction of stones at some level of the biliary tract, where they originate "decubitus" lesions. The calculus obstructs the bile flow and its pressure on the wall impairs the local circulation at the site of impaction. There is venous congestion, followed later by arterial ischemia, leading to the infarction of the "decubitus" plaque, with or without contamination of the stagnant bile. At the affected zone, the normal elements of the wall are replaced by scar tissue, leaving a "locus minoris resistentiae." The process can more frequently be observed at the neck of References 1. Cinelli, A. P.: Spontaneous Biliobiliary Fistulae , Bol. y trab. Soc. cir. córdoba 12:289-298, 1951. 2. Spontaneous biliobiliary fistulae , Prensa méd. argent. 39:983-986, 1952. 3. Grimoud, M.; Lapeyrere, J., and Malecaze: Biliobiliary Fistulae , Arch. mal. app. digest. 44:381-383, 1955. 4. Mirizzi, P. L.: Spontaneous Biliobiliary Fistulae , J. chir. 68:32-46, 1952. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png A.M.A. Archives Surgery American Medical Association

Biliobiliary Fistulae: Our Experience with Eight Cases

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American Medical Association
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Copyright © 1960 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
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0096-6908
DOI
10.1001/archsurg.1960.01290200130023
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Abstract

Abstract Biliobiliary fistulae constitute one of the nonmalignant complications of gallstone disease. Never diagnosed before the operation—either clinically or roentgenologically—they are exclusively an operating-table finding. They always occur in connection with long-standing lithiasis. In our practice we have been able to observe several patients with this type of complication. Etiologically this condition is directly related to the impaction of stones at some level of the biliary tract, where they originate "decubitus" lesions. The calculus obstructs the bile flow and its pressure on the wall impairs the local circulation at the site of impaction. There is venous congestion, followed later by arterial ischemia, leading to the infarction of the "decubitus" plaque, with or without contamination of the stagnant bile. At the affected zone, the normal elements of the wall are replaced by scar tissue, leaving a "locus minoris resistentiae." The process can more frequently be observed at the neck of References 1. Cinelli, A. P.: Spontaneous Biliobiliary Fistulae , Bol. y trab. Soc. cir. córdoba 12:289-298, 1951. 2. Spontaneous biliobiliary fistulae , Prensa méd. argent. 39:983-986, 1952. 3. Grimoud, M.; Lapeyrere, J., and Malecaze: Biliobiliary Fistulae , Arch. mal. app. digest. 44:381-383, 1955. 4. Mirizzi, P. L.: Spontaneous Biliobiliary Fistulae , J. chir. 68:32-46, 1952.

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A.M.A. Archives SurgeryAmerican Medical Association

Published: Mar 1, 1960

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