Complications of T-tube drainage of the common bile duct

D. A. Gillatt, R. E. May, R. Kennedy, A. J. Longstaff

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The complications associated with T-tube drainage of the common bile duct following biliary surgery were studied prospectively. A high rate of complications especially associated with T-tube removal was found. Biliary leakage and bacteraemia were the two main problems though in most cases caused minimal clinical upset. Alternatives to T-tube drainage are discussed. It is suggested that if T-tubes are to be used broad spectrum antibiotic cover should be employed at the time of removal.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)370-371
Number of pages2
JournalAnnals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1985
Externally publishedYes


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