Korean J Med.  2005 Aug;69(2):202-205.

A case of bronchobiliary fistula caused by choledocholithiasis

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  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine, Gyeongsang National University, Jinju, Korea. kimthy@medimail.co.kr
  • 2Department of Radiology, College of Medicine, Gyeongsang National University, Jinju, Korea.

Abstract

A bronchobiliary fistula is rare disorder, consisting of the abnormal communication between the bronchial tree and the biliary duct. We describe a 78-year-old man who had a bronchobiliary fistula caused by choledocholithiasis. The diagnosis was confirmed by the presence of bilioptysis (bile-stained sputum) and the percutaneous transhepatic cholangiography (PTC). The patient was treated successfully by percutaneous transhepatic biliary drainage (PTBD) with stone extraction and was followed by healing of the bronchobiliary fistula without surgical intervention.

Keyword

Bronchobiliary fistula; Choledocholithiasis
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