Indications for Surgery in Benign and Malignant Bile Duct Obstruction

  • J. R. Siewert
  • M. Hölscher
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Cancer statistics suggest that there will be 13,000 new cases of cancer involving the liver and biliary passages in any one year in the United States of America (Tompkins et al. 1981). This amounts to about 7% of all new cancers of the digestive tract per year. On the other hand, a high incidence of gallstone disease is responsible for about 300,000 Operations on the biliary tract each year. The coincidence of common bile duct stones and earlier cholecystectomy varies between 5% and 25%. In view of these figures, physicians and surgeons anticipate that the problem of obstruction of the common bile duct will arise quite often.


Bile Duct Common Bile Duct Papillary Carcinoma Biliary Atresia Sclerosing Cholangitis 
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  • J. R. Siewert
  • M. Hölscher

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