PTBD and Metallic T-Stenting in Advanced Carcinoma of Gall Bladder

Patient Information

  • Patient: 52-year-old male
  • Diagnosis: Advanced carcinoma of the gall bladder
  • Presenting Complaints: Obstructive jaundice, severe itching, loss of appetite
  • Initial Total Bilirubin: 16


PTBD and metallic T-stenting offer renewed hope and alleviate symptoms in cases of obstructive jaundice due to bile duct blockages. Obstructive jaundice poses significant challenges, but these minimally invasive medical procedures, Percutaneous Transhepatic Biliary Drainage (PTBD) and Metallic T-Stenting, provide effective solutions.

Percutaneous Transhepatic Biliary Drainage (PTBD)

Procedure Description

PTBD is a minimally invasive procedure used to address bile duct blockages. It involves the following steps:

  1. Image-Guided Insertion: A thin needle is carefully inserted through the skin, reaching into the liver and bile channels. This creates a new path for bile drainage.
  2. Catheter or Stent Placement: To facilitate drainage of accumulated bile, a catheter or stent is placed in the newly created pathway.

Metallic Stenting

Procedure Description

Metallic stenting involves the insertion of small, flexible tubes into the bile duct. These stents act as scaffolds, keeping the pathway open and ensuring continuous bile flow. Metallic stents are often used in conjunction with PTBD or as a standalone treatment option.


  1. Rapid Relief: PTBD and metallic T-stenting provide quick relief from distressing symptoms such as yellowing skin and itching.
  2. Minimally Invasive: These procedures require smaller incisions, resulting in faster recovery times and reduced discomfort.
  3. Improved Quality of Life: Restored bile flow leads to improved digestion and an overall enhancement in the patient’s well-being.

Patient Outcome

The 52-year-old male with advanced carcinoma of the gall bladder presented with obstructive jaundice, severe itching, and loss of appetite. Before the procedure, his total bilirubin level was elevated at 16.

Following the successful PTBD and metallic T-stenting procedure, several positive outcomes were observed:

  • Jaundice Reduction: Within one week of the procedure, the patient’s total bilirubin level decreased significantly from 16 to 4.
  • Symptom Alleviation: The patient experienced relief from symptoms such as itching and appetite loss.
  • Improved Quality of Life: With the restoration of bile flow, the patient’s digestion and overall well-being showed remarkable improvement.


PTBD and metallic T-stenting are effective interventions for addressing obstructive jaundice caused by bile duct blockages. These minimally invasive procedures offer rapid relief and improved quality of life for patients, as demonstrated in this case.

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