Management of Biliary Anastomotic Strictures After Liver Transplantation (BASALT Study): A Nationwide Italian Survey
Paolo Cantù, Ilaria Parzanese, Valerio Balassone, Antonio Di Sario, Fiammetta Soggiu, Giovanni Lombardi, Federico Barbaro, Antonio Pisani, Anna Baldan, Giulio Cariani, Valentina Boarino, Alberto Fasoli, Helga Bertani, Edoardo Forti, Milutin Bulajic, Davide Ghinolfi, Elena Nadal, Angelo Cerofolini, Luca Barresi, Giorgia Catalano, Italo Stroppa, Sara Traini, Vincenzo Mazzaferro, Livio Cipolletta, Andrea Tringali, Guido Costamagna, Paolo Ravelli, Franco Bazzoli, Alberto Merighi, Maria Caterina Parodi, Rita Conigliaro, Massimiliano Mutignani, Maurizio Zilli, Franco Filipponi, Alberto Fantin, Luca Rodella, Ilaria Tarantino, Mario Traina, Mauro Salizzoni, Roberto Rosa, Federica Malinverno, Federica Invernizzi, Matteo Angelo Manini, Maria Francesca Donato, Massimo Colombo, Dario Conte, Giorgio Rossi, Roberto Penagini
Anastomotic stricture (AS) can occur in 10%-30% of liver transplantation (LT) patients leading to liver dysfunction. Its diagnostic workup does not rely on a standard protocol or any international consensus of experts, thus AS management can considerably differ among centers. This affects the selection of patients after LT for endotherapy and, ultimately, results. Endotherapy is considered the reference standard treatment for AS, but approach differs among centers depending on local expertise. The aim of the present retrospective survey was to report both the volume of endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatographies (ERCPs) dedicated to duct-to-duct AS treatment and the extent of variability in the management of AS at the Italian units involved in endotherapy of LT patients.
Cantù P, Parzanese I, Balassone V et al. Management of Biliary Anastomotic Strictures After Liver Transplantation (BASALT Study): A Nationwide Italian Survey. Liver Transplantation. 2017;23(2):259-61.