|Year : 2013 | Volume
| Issue : 3 | Page : 157-158
Surgical clips in the common bile duct suspected on endoscopic ultrasound and confirmed on endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography
Malay Sharma1, Bhupender Singh2, Rosh Varghese1
1 Jaswant Rai Speciality Hospital, Uttar Pradesh, India
2 Amar Hospital, Patiala, Punjab, India
|Date of Submission||01-Feb-2013|
|Date of Acceptance||05-Sep-2013|
|Date of Web Publication||6-Sep-2013|
Jaswant Rai Speciality Hospital, Uttar Pradesh
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
We report a 56-year-old lady presented with cholangitis due to post-surgical clip migration associated choledocholithiasis. She underwent laparoscopic cholecystectomy 2 years ago. Endoscopic ultrasound revealed linear nature of hyper-echoic lesion casting acoustic shadow in the distal common bile duct suggestive of metallic surgical clip, which was later confirmed by endoscopic cholangiography.
Keywords: clip migration; surgical clips; endoscopic ultrasound
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Sharma M, Singh B, Varghese R. Surgical clips in the common bile duct suspected on endoscopic ultrasound and confirmed on endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography. Endosc Ultrasound 2013;2:157-8
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Sharma M, Singh B, Varghese R. Surgical clips in the common bile duct suspected on endoscopic ultrasound and confirmed on endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography. Endosc Ultrasound [serial online] 2013 [cited 2020 Feb 19];2:157-8. Available from: http://www.eusjournal.com/text.asp?2013/2/3/157/117666
| Introduction|| |
Despite increasing number of cases of laparoscopic cholecystectomy, choledocholithiasis due to surgical clip migration into the common bile duct (CBD) is a rare phenomenon. We report a case that underwent laparoscopic cholecystectomy and presented with cholangitis due to post-surgical clip migration associated choledocholithiasis.
A 56-year-old lady presented with repeated episodes of upper abdominal pain, fever and jaundice since 1 week. She had undergone laparoscopic cholecystectomy 2 years ago. Laboratory studies results showed a total bilirubin level of 3.8 mg/dL with a conjugated bilirubin of 1.8 mg/dL (normal level <0.7 mg/dL), aspartate aminotransferase and alanine aminotransferase levels of 220 and 250 IU/L, respectively (normal level <45 IU/L) and a hemoglobin level of 9 g/dL. Ultrasound of abdomen confirmed post-cholcystectomy status and reported a small distal CBD calculus. Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), revealed two parallel hyper-echoic lesions in the distal CBD [Figure 1]A, 1B and Video 1). On the basis of EUS evaluation possibilities of stone, surgical clip and worm (ascariasis) were considered. Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) revealed a filling defect encasing metallic surgical-clips in the distal CBD in the same area as suggested by EUS. The clips were removed with balloon sweeping [Figure 2] and [Figure 3].
|Figure 1. Endoscopic ultrasound images depicting hyper-echoic linear strips casting acoustic shadow in distal common bile duct|
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|Figure 2. Cholangiogram showing filling defect encasing surgical clips in distal common bile duct|
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|Figure 3. Metallic surgical clips retrieved from distal common bile duct on endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography|
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On review of EUS images and video the double lined hyper-echoic lesion was seen in distal CBD and although a suspicion of ascariasis could have been raised, the presence of an acoustic shadow was more suggestive of presence of metallic surgical clip. EUS findings were corroborated by ERCP, hence emphasizing its role in diagnosing this entity.
| Discussion|| |
Clip-induced bile duct stones have been a rare but emerging complication of cholecystectomy ever since clips came into use in surgery. Choledocholithiasis due to surgical clip migration into the CBD has been recognized since 1979 and was first reported in 1992 after laparoscopic procedure. , Despite the increasing number of cases of laparoscopic cholecystectomy, extensive literature review revealed less than 100 cases of post-cholecystectomy surgical clip migration.
Post-cholecystectomy clip-migration can occur at any time, but generally occurs after a median of 2 years after cholecystectomy. Clinical presentations are similar to those with primary or secondary choledocholithiasis. In a review of 69 cases of post-cholecystectomy clip-migration, most common presentations reported were obstructive jaundice (37.7%), cholangitis (27.5%), biliary colic (18.8%) and acute pancreatitis (8.7%). 
It is not clear how surgical clips are able to pass the intact layers of the choledochal ducts. However, many factors have been incriminated including local bile duct-associated factors such as short cystic duct (CD) stump after cholecystectomy, CD ischemic necrosis and infective complications resulting in necrosis and weakening of the CD stump. Most consider technique-related factors as pivotal in the process of migration and stone formation. The likely chain of postulated events that leads to the migration of the clip is initiated by pressure exerted by the clip and on the clip by movement within the intra-abdominal cavity leading to erosions and migration along a path of low pressure or resistance (usually a hollow viscus).  As the clip protrudes into the CBD, it acts as a nidus for stone formation. With time, the stone gets bigger and with biliary duct activity, more of the clip migrates inward. Eventually the clip dislodges from the wall into the CBD.  Proper placements use of minimal numbers of clips and use of absorbable clips may reduce the incidence of migration and complications.
| Conclusion|| |
Our case shows that in case of recurrence of symptoms following cholecystectomy, clip migration related biliary stone should be considered in the differential diagnosis.
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