Transhepatic balloon dilatation: An alternative approach to the management of obstructive jaundice in patients with chronic pancreatitis
Acute complete and sustained obstructive jaundice due to chronic alcoholic pancreatitis is rarely encountered. Previously the only management was some form of bilo-enteric bypass. With the new development of interventional procedures, balloon dilatation has become a real alternative to surgery. We describe two patients with chronic pancreatitis, who were unfit for surgery and in whom the strictures were dilated radiologically resulting in resolution of the obstruction and a dramatic clinical improvement.