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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 327-329

EUS-guided hepaticogastrostomy and antegrade direct peroral cholangioscopy: An effective alternative to overcome the distance (with video)

1 Department of Gastroenterology, Digestive Endoscopy Unit, Humanitas Research Hospital – IRCCS, Rozzano, Milano, Italy
2 Department of Gastroenterology, Digestive Endoscopy Unit, Humanitas Research Hospital – IRCCS, Rozzano; Department of Biomedical Sciences, Humanitas University, Pieve Emanuele, Milano, Italy
3 Department of Pathology, Humanitas Research Hospital - IRCCS, Rozzano, Milano, Italy

Date of Submission23-Mar-2021
Date of Acceptance07-Jul-2021
Date of Web Publication08-Nov-2021

Correspondence Address:
Alessandro Fugazza
Department of Gastroenterology, Digestive Endoscopy Unit, Humanitas Research Hospital, Via Manzoni 56, 20089 Rozzano, Milano
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/EUS-D-21-00087

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Fugazza A, Gabbiadini R, Sollai M, Spadaccini M, Repici A, Anderloni A. EUS-guided hepaticogastrostomy and antegrade direct peroral cholangioscopy: An effective alternative to overcome the distance (with video). Endosc Ultrasound 2022;11:327-9

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Fugazza A, Gabbiadini R, Sollai M, Spadaccini M, Repici A, Anderloni A. EUS-guided hepaticogastrostomy and antegrade direct peroral cholangioscopy: An effective alternative to overcome the distance (with video). Endosc Ultrasound [serial online] 2022 [cited 2022 Oct 5];11:327-9. Available from: http://www.eusjournal.com/text.asp?2022/11/4/327/329904

An 85-year-old woman, with a history of biliopancreatic diversion for bariatric surgery 10 years before, presented with obstructive jaundice.

Computed tomographic scan showed dilation of the biliary tree with evidence of a stricture in the distal common bile duct (CBD).

Due to multiple comorbidities, the patient was deemed unfit for surgery; thus, an adequate tissue sampling and biliary drainage were required to confirm the diagnosis and to palliate jaundice.

A transpapillary biliary drainage by enteroscopy-assisted ERCP was unsuccessfully attempted due to a long jejunal limb.

The patient was therefore referred to our unit to perform an EUS-guided hepaticogastrostomy (EUS-HGS).

EUS evaluation through the gastric remnant demonstrated dilation of the left intrahepatic bile ducts and failed to visualize the distal CBD.

Under EUS and fluoroscopy guidance, a dilated left intrahepatic duct was identified and punctured with a 19-gauge needle with injection of contrast to provide a cholangiogram. Subsequently, a 0.025-inch guidewire was advanced into the biliary system [Figure 1] and [Video 1 [Additional file 1]]. A 6 Fr cystotome was inserted over the wire and used to dilate the tract. A dedicated 10 mm × 80 mm partially-covered self-expandable metal stent (HANARO stent BPE, M.I. Tech, Seoul, Rep. South Korea) was released through the gastric wall into the intrahepatic duct [Figure 2].
Figure 1: Fluoroscopic view of cholangiogram with a 0.025-inch guidewire in the biliary system with distal common bile duct stricture

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Figure 2: Endoscopic view of the stent released for creation of a EUS-guided hepaticogastrostomy in the gastric remnant

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To obtain a histological diagnosis of the indeterminate biliary stricture, a direct peroral cholangioscopy (DPOC) through the newly created HGS was performed.

First of all, the stent was dilated with a pneumatic balloon up to 9 mm (CRE, Boston Scientific Corporation Inc., Marlborough, MA, USA) through the EUS scope [Figure 3].
Figure 3: Pneumatic dilation of the stent through the EUS scope under fluoroscopic control

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A 5.9-mm ultraslim endoscope (Fujifilm EG-580NW2, Tokyo, Japan) was advanced under CO2 insufflation across the HGS into the biliary system with fluoroscopic guidance to avoid misplacement of the stent.

An obstructing lesion with dilated and tortuous vessels in the distal CBD was revealed [Figure 4]. Under direct endoscopic visualization, multiple targeted biopsy specimens were obtained with forceps for histopathologic analysis.
Figure 4: Direct peroral cholangioscopy showing the lesion in the distal common bile duct

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Histologic analysis revealed cholangiocarcinoma [Figure 5]. Neither adverse events occurred during the procedure nor at the subsequent follow-up.
Figure 5: H and E staining showing a focus of high-grade biliary intraepithelial neoplasia/carcinoma in situ (on the top right) and a focus of invasive cholangiocarcinoma with glandular architecture and in isolated cells (at the bottom)

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The management of pancreatobiliary diseases in patients with surgically altered anatomy (SAA) is technically challenging and associated with a significant number of failures.[1],[2] EUS-HGS has emerged as an alternative procedure for achieving an endoscopic internal biliary drainage showing promising data in term of efficacy and safety, especially in SAA patients.[3],[4] Recently, a case of DPOC few days after EUS-HGS for the management of difficult intrahepatic stones has been reported.[5]

EUS-HGS could be considered not only as a viable alternative for palliation of malignant jaundice but also as an entry port for therapeutic and diagnostic purposes.

Furthermore, to the best of our knowledge, this case first demonstrated that single session of EUS-HGS with DPOC might represent an effective alternative approach for biliary drainage and the assessment of CBD strictures in patients with SAA.

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There are no conflicts of interest.

Declaration of patient consent

The authors certify that they have obtained all appropriate patient consent forms. In the form, the patient has given her consent for her images and other clinical information to be reported in the journal. The patient understands that name and initials will not be published and due efforts will be made to conceal her identity, but anonymity cannot be guaranteed.

  References Top

Fugazza A, Anderloni A, Paduano D, et al. Underwater cap-assisted endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography in patients with surgically altered anatomy: a pilot study [published online ahead of print, 2020 Nov 16]. Endoscopy. 2020;10.1055/a-1311-9779. doi:10.1055/a-1311-9779.  Back to cited text no. 1
Mangiavillano B, Carrara S, Eusebi LH, et al. Water-filled technique for therapeutic pancreato-biliary EUS in patients with surgically altered anatomy. Endosc Int Open 2021;9:E487-9.  Back to cited text no. 2
Khashab MA, El Zein MH, Sharzehi K, et al. EUS-guided biliary drainage or enteroscopy-assisted ERCP in patients with surgical anatomy and biliary obstruction: An international comparative study. Endosc Int Open 2016;4:E1322-7.  Back to cited text no. 3
Anderloni A, Troncone E, Fugazza A, et al. Lumen-apposing metal stents for malignant biliary obstruction: Is this the ultimate horizon of our experience? World J Gastroenterol 2019;25:3857-69.  Back to cited text no. 4
Parsa N, Runge T, Ichkhanian Y, et al. EUS-guided hepaticogastrostomy to facilitate cholangioscopy and electrohydraulic lithotripsy of massive intraductal stones after Roux-en-Y hepaticojejunostomy. VideoGIE 2020;5:418-20.  Back to cited text no. 5


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