Management of biliary complications after orthotopic liver transplantation: the role of endoscopy

World J Gastroenterol. 2008 Jan 28;14(4):493-7. doi: 10.3748/wjg.14.493.


Biliary complications are significant causes of morbidity and mortality after orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT). The estimated incidence of biliary complications after OLT ranges between 10%-25%, however, these numbers continue to decline due to improvement in surgical techniques. The most common biliary complications are strictures (both anastomotic and non-anastomotic) and bile leaks. Most of these problems can be appropriately managed with endoscopic retrograde colangiography (ERC). Other complications such as bile duct stones, bile casts, sphincter of Oddi dysfunction, and hemobilia, are less frequent and also can be managed with ERC. This article will review the risk factors, diagnosis, and endoscopic management of the most common biliary complications after OLT.

Publication types

  • Editorial

MeSH terms

  • Biliary Tract Surgical Procedures*
  • Cholangiopancreatography, Endoscopic Retrograde*
  • Humans
  • Liver Transplantation*
  • Postoperative Complications / epidemiology
  • Postoperative Complications / surgery*
  • Risk Factors