Surgery – MCQ 71 – Common bile duct stones

Which one of the following statements is incorrect regarding stones in the common bile duct?
A. Can present with Charcot‘s triad
B. Are suggested by a bile duct diameter > 6 mm in ultrasound
C. ERCP, sphincterotomy and balloon clearance is now the standard treatment
D. When removed by exploration of the common bile ducts the T-tube can be removed after 3 days

Correct answer : D. When removed by exploration of the common bile ducts the T-tube can be removed after 3 days

T tubes are kept in the bile duct for 7-30 days. It allows track to mature and helps prevent bile leak and biliary peritonitis.

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