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phillap
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metal stent in bile duct

Postby phillap » Tue May 03, 2016 1:17 pm

Please does anyone have any experience of a blocked (with sludge) metal stent becoming unblocked?

PCUK Nurse Jeni
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Re: metal stent in bile duct

Postby PCUK Nurse Jeni » Tue May 03, 2016 4:35 pm

Hi There,

Thanks for your post.

Yes, they can have a plastic stent inserted inside the metal stent which can help to unblock by draining the sludge. Also, antibiotics should help? Sometimes, a person needs cyclical antibiotics to clear the infection. Each unit will have its own regime for this - so, perhaps ask if there is a regime which works well?

Kind regards,
Jeni.

Pancreatic Cancer Nurse Specialist,
Support Team.