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Failed stent procedure for jaundice


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Hello everyone, I'm new here, trying to cope with my brother's recent diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, and failing badly. Today he was supposed to have a stent fitted to help clear his jaundice-he shoud've had a P.E.T scan on Tuesday, but was "forgotten" by the porters/medical team, long story....that is supposedly happening tomorrow. But the surgeon couldn't fit the stent, my brother thinks he heard him say there was "too much bile" or something like that.So, what happens re the jaundice now, is there anything else they can do to reduce it, at least? I expected this bit to be fairly straight forward for him, should've known it wouldn't be.

Has anyone else faced this problem? Can't find any examples on Google

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Hi I had the camera procedure where a stent would be fitted at the same time. My procedure failed as too blocked. However I was able to have the surgery (the whipple) two weeks later where the pancreas plus bile duct is removed. I am now recovering at home although I am having several cycles of chemotherapy.  

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My husband had huge problems having a stent fitted. They put an external drain to reduce his bilirubin levels and after a few attempts managed to get the stent in. He had to have it done under general anaesthetic. It was all a bit rubbish and stressful. 

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  • 2 weeks later...

I think it may be a common problem,  my first attempted biliary stent by ERCP failed, I had a stomach drain and eventually had the stent fitted by PTC (a fellow hospital inmate had exactly the same scenario)

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