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a thin flexible tube inserted into the body to permit introduction or withdrawal of fluids or to keep the passageway open

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The stones were successfully retrieved in 147 (86.5%) cases with common bile duct stone size less than 1.5 cm using balloon-tip catheter and/or Dormia basket following sphincterotomy.
Endoscopic removal of common bile duct stones has been regarded as an excellent modality for retained or recurrent CBD stones in patients after cholecystectomy; it has also been considered an acceptable treatment in patients with a gallbladder in situ.8 In experienced hands, the risks associated with endoscopic treatment are lower than those with surgical exploration of the common bile duct.9 The standard technique of CBD stone extraction comprise of endoscopic billiary sphinterotomy which widens the billiary orifice using electro-coagulation current, followed by removal of stones with balloon-tip catheters and /or Dormia basket.10