Percutaneous transhepatic cutting balloon papillotomy for removal of common bile duct stones

Cardiovasc Intervent Radiol. 2009 Sep;32(5):1117-9. doi: 10.1007/s00270-008-9487-1. Epub 2008 Dec 18.


We report the case of a 66-year-old female who presented with jaundice secondary to recurrent adenocarcinoma of the gallbladder and several common bile duct stones. Percutaneous papillary dilatation was planned to remove the common bile duct stones. Papilla was dilated through the percutaneous approach with an 8-mm peripheral cutting balloon instead of a standard balloon. All the stones were pushed successfully into the duodenum with a saline flush. No complications were encountered. Use of a peripheral cutting balloon for dilatation of the papilla seems to be safe and effective because it has the advantage of controlled incision and dilatation of the target at low pressures.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Catheterization / instrumentation*
  • Cholangiography
  • Female
  • Gallstones / diagnostic imaging
  • Gallstones / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Sodium Chloride / therapeutic use


  • Sodium Chloride