Hepatic abscesses as a complication of the sump syndrome: Combined surgical and endoscopic therapy. Case report and review of the literature

Mark C. Rumans, Ronald M. Katon, Daniel K. Lowe

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The "sump syndrome" is an unusual complication of side-to-side choledochoduodenostomy in which the portion of the common bile duct distal to the anastomosis acts as a sump and may collect bile, stones, food, and other debris. Partial or complete obstruction of the stoma and resultant bacterial proliferation may result and lead to recurrent cholangitis or pancreatitis. A single hepatic abscess as a complication of the sump syndrome has been reported only once. We have recently seen a patient presenting with multiple hepatic abscesses as a complication of the sump syndrome. This is the first report of endoscopic treatment of this syndrome associated with a hepatic abscess. The literature on the endoscopic approach to this problem will be reviewed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)791-795
Number of pages5
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1987


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology
  • Gastroenterology

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