Korean J Med.  2020 Feb;95(1):43-49. 10.3904/kjm.2020.95.1.43.

Endoscopic Transpapillary Gallbladder Stenting for Acute Cholecystitis in a Patient with Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer

  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea


Percutaneous transhepatic gallbladder drainage is an effective treatment for acute cholecystitis in poor surgical candidates. Endoscopic gallbladder drainage procedures, such as endoscopic ultrasound-guided gallbladder drainage, endoscopic gallbladder stenting, and endoscopic naso-gallbladder drainage, have been used as alternative treatments for acute cholecystitis. These procedures are associated with increased patient comfort and physiologic drainage. We report a case of endoscopic gallbladder stenting for acute cholecystitis in a 62-year-old male undergoing chemotherapy for metastatic pancreatic cancer. After endoscopic gallbladder stenting, the patient’s acute cholecystitis resolved and he was able to undergo scheduled chemotherapy. The inserted double-pigtail plastic stent will be left in situ permanently. The choice of drainage modality for acute cholecystitis will generally be based on resources, patient preferences, local expertise, and clinical context.


췌장암; 급성 담낭염; 내시경 경유두 담낭 내 스텐트 삽입술; Pancreatic cancer; Cholecystitis, Acute; Endoscopy, drainage
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