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Percutaneous Transhepatic Biliary Drainage

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What do I need to know about percutaneous transhepatic biliary drainage (PTBD)?

PTBD is a procedure to open a blocked bile duct.


How do I prepare for a PTBD?

What will happen during PTBD?

What should I expect after PTBD?

You will be taken to a room to rest until you are fully awake. You will be monitored closely for any problems. Do not get out of bed until your healthcare provider says it is okay.

What are the risks of a PTBD?

Your gallbladder, bile duct, or blood vessels may be damaged. You may bleed more than expected. After the procedure, you may have swelling or bleeding around the tube. The skin around the tube may get infected. The tube may move out of place or get blocked. Your gallbladder may become swollen or infected. You could develop a blood clot in your liver or a lung infection. Your lungs could fill with blood or air, making it hard for you to breathe.

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