Clinical spotlight review for the management of choledocholithiasis

Surg Endosc. 2020 Apr;34(4):1482-1491. doi: 10.1007/s00464-020-07462-2. Epub 2020 Feb 24.


Choledocholithiasis is a common presentation of symptomatic cholelithiasis that can result in biliary obstruction, cholangitis, and pancreatitis. A systematic English literature search was conducted in PubMed to determine the appropriate management strategies for choledocholithiasis. The following clinical spotlight review is meant to critically review the available evidence and provide recommendations for the work-up, investigations as well as the endoscopic, surgical and percutaneous techniques in the management of choledocholithiasis.

Keywords: Choledocholithiasis; Common bile duct exploration; Diagnosis; ERCP; Management.

Publication types

  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Biliary Tract Surgical Procedures / methods*
  • Cholangiopancreatography, Endoscopic Retrograde / methods*
  • Choledocholithiasis / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Treatment Outcome