• I'm looking for others who have had biliary stents/catheters placed. My husband is on his third exchange and this time he is still draining

    Asked by Kelly7 on Monday, December 3, 2012

    I'm looking for others who have had biliary stents/catheters placed. My husband is on his third exchange and this time he is still draining

    six days after surgery. He has two externally draining catheters that previously trickled to a stop after 24 hours and we capped them. This time one is obviously draining bile, the other changes colors from a milky color to golden but with particles in it. We're trying to find anyone else that has had issues with these temporary catheters and these issues in particular.

    3 Answers from the Community

    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      Hi Kelly, this question was asked a while back, I searched the experiences tab for you and found this question. You can take a look at it, and if you need more information click on the usernames that participated in this conversation.

      Also, I'm sure others will have some more information for you on this question. Thanks for posting.

      Greg P

      about 4 years ago
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    • Ama's Avatar
      Ama

      My husband has had a biliary drain in place for a year. We found that he needs it exchanged monthly or he will develop cholangitis, an infection of the liver. The drainage does change color over the course of time. Typically right after an exchange it is green but does become browner with sediment in it. Our doctors told us that there is communication with the intestines so that the drainage may reflect this mixture. When an infection was imminent we would notice a foul odor and the colr turned a more milky or golden color. We flush his bili tube with 5-10 cc of saline a day. We increased this to 2 times a day which seemed to help stave off infections. We have not been able to cap the tube yet and he recently got a second one to drain a liver abscess. I wish you nothing but the best.

      about 4 years ago

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