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Extrahepatic bile duct injury caused by a horse kicking injury


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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