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Extrahepatic bile duct injury caused by a horse kicking injury
  1. Ryan Pereira and
  2. Kellee Slater
  1. Hepatobiliary Surgery, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Woolloongabba, Queensland, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Professor Kellee Slater, slaterkellee{at}


A 35-year-old man presented to a regional hospital after being kicked by a horse in the right upper quadrant. He was transferred to our hepatobiliary unit with bile peritonitis 8 days post trauma. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy and intraoperative cholangiography were performed, demonstrating distal common bile duct (CBD) obstruction with contrast extravasation from the distal duct. The CBD was drained with a T-tube via laparotomy. On postoperative day 14, T-tube cholangiography demonstrated no extravasation of contrast from the distal CBD and minor stricturing with eventual duodenal drainage. The T-tube was clamped and 5 weeks later, the patient represented with peri-T-tube bile leakage and right upper quadrant pain. A T-tube cholangiogram confirmed a complex distal CBD stricture. Two attempts at ERCP with intent of stenting the stricture were unsuccessful. The patient underwent an end to side Roux-en-Y choledochojejunostomy and was discharged home 4 days postoperatively on simple analgesia.

  • general surgery
  • biliary intervention

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  • Contributors RP wrote the original draft of the manuscript. Both authors performed the literature search. KS provided the images. Both authors reviewed, edited and approved the final version of the manuscript. Both authors agree with the content of the submitted case report for publication.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.