Alcohol Sclerosis for Polycystic Liver Disease and Obstructive Jaundice: Use of a Nasobiliary Catheter

John A. Dumut, Marcus S. Fields, Ricky A. Meyer, Steven S. Shay, Darwin L. Conwell, Aaron Brzezinski

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We report the use of a nasobiliary catheter in the management of a 55‐yr‐old female with autosomal dominant polycentric kidney disease who developed obstructive jaundice from a hepatic cyst. The patient presented with a 2‐wk history of fatigue, jaundice, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Physical examination was remarkable for tender hepatomegaly. Computerized tomography revealed multiple hepatic cysts and dilated intrahepatic iliary radicles. Endoscopic stent placement failed to relieve the obstruction. Computerized tomography guided percutaneous aspiration of the obstructing hepatic cyst was successful with the aid of a nasobiliary cholangiogram allowing visualization of the biliary tree and identification of the obstructing hepatic cyst. However, the cyst rapidly accumulated fluid, and the obstruction recurred within 1 wk of simple aspiration. Relief of symptoms was maintained only after alcohol sclerosis of the obstructing hepatic cyst. Review of the literature shows that alcohol sclerotherapy is a safe and eftective nonsurgical means of treating symptomatic hepatic cysts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1555-1557
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Gastroenterology
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology
  • Gastroenterology


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