Endoscopic electrohydraulic lithotripsy in the management of pancreatobiliary lithiasis

J. E. Craigie, D. B. Adams, T. K. Byme, E. P. Tagge, P. R. Tarnasky, J. T. Cunningham, R. H. Hawes

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Background: Clinical evaluation of intraoperative endoscopy with electrohydraulic lithotripsy (EHL) in the management of 13 patients with pancreatobiliary lithiasis was undertaken. Methods: Ten patients with chronic pancreatitis with intraductal lithiasis in the head and three with biliary lithiasis (one choledochal, one cystic, one right intrahepatic) underwent intraoperative endoscopy with EHL. Shock waves were applied by visual contact with a 3-Fr gauge EHL probe until all stones were fragmented and irrigated free. All pancreatitis patients had failed ERCP attempts to stent their pancreatic ducts secondary to ductal lithiasis. Patients with pancreatic stones underwent lateral pancreatojejunostomy. Biliary stone patients underwent laparoscopic cholecystectomy with common duct exploration (two cases) and open cholecystectomy with choledochoduodenostomy (one case). Results: Intraductal stone eradication was successful in all patients. Transampullary visualization of the duodenum was achieved in eight cases. Average EHL time was 65 min. There was no evidence of postoperative pancreatitis, cholangitis, or retained common duct stones. Conclusion: Intraoperative pancreatobiliary endoscopy with EHL is safe and effective in the eradication of pancreatic and bile duct stones. This novel technique represents a valuable adjunct in the management of chronic fibrocalcific pancreatitis with ductal lithiasis in the head region and in the open and laparoscopic management of intra- and extrahepatic bile duct stones.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)405-408
Number of pages4
JournalSurgical endoscopy
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Biliary stones
  • Lithotripsy
  • Pancreatitis
  • Pancreatoscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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