Rarely seen stones were detected in the bile tract of 71-year-old Mustafa Selvi, who consulted his physician with severe malaise complaints. The patient was not eligible for open surgery due to his age and other accompanying diseases. It was also an anatomically difficult case due to the peptic ulcer surgery he had many years ago. In this difficult case, stones were removed with the ERCP method applied by Yeditepe University Kozyatağı Hospital Gastroenterology Specialist Prof. Dr Meltem Ergün, and the patient's life was saved.
The struggle with the stones of Mustafa Selvi, 71, who had surgery about two years ago for stones in his gallbladder, did not end with that. When he applied to the hospital due to weakness, abdominal pain and high fever he had experienced in the past month, this time, he was also found to have stones in his biliary tract. Moreover, these stones were the size defined as “giant stone” (1.5-2 cm). In order to eliminate the risk of possible sepsis (microbes getting into the blood), the stones had to be removed urgently. The stones were removed by ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio Pancreaticography) method since he was not eligible for open surgery due to his age.
Yeditepe University Kozyatağı Hospital Gastroenterology Specialist Prof. Dr Meltem Ergün gave the following information: "The patient was a difficult case. After the examinations we made, we saw giant stones in the biliary tract. These are rarely encountered. Since the patient's anatomy was also changed, the biliary tract was not where it normally should be. For this difficult case, we first decided to perform ERCP. We performed the operation, which lasted approximately 2 hours, without interfering with the patient's respiratory and heart rhythm. The stones were removed, the existing leak was closed. We placed a stent in this area to help the bile flow easily and prevent the formation of stones.”
Mustafa Selvi, who said he recovered quickly after the operation because he did not have open surgery, shared that he felt very well and was very happy that he had recovered from his problems without surgery.
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