Complete migration of a biliary stent into the gallbladder

Mohamed Osman Suliman

Accepted 13 March, 2014.

Citation: Suliman MOM (2015). Complete migration of a biliary stent into the gallbladder. International Research Journal of Surgery, 2(2): 018-019.


Copyright: © 2015 Suliman MOM. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are cited.     


Biliary stents become very important tools in the hands of gastro-intestinal endoscopists. They solve a lot of problems, but they are not free of copmlications. During insertion of a biliary stent in a sixty-five-year-old female patient it broke. It broke in a place which makes its retrieval very difficult. Trial of retrieval led to pushing of the stent deep into the common bile duct. It lies just below the mouth of the cystic duct, which should have made a warning for a rare migration. Later the stent was seen in the vicinity of the gallbladder during ERCP. Cholecystectomy was done and the stent was found inside it.

Keyword:  Biliary stent migration, biliary stent in gallbladder, Biliary stent, Complication of biliary stent, Breaking of biliary stents.