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Cardiovasc Intervent Radiol. 2012 Feb;35(1):127-38. doi: 10.1007/s00270-011-0103-4. Epub 2011 Feb 8.

British Society of Interventional Radiology: Biliary Drainage and Stenting Registry (BDSR).

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John Radcliffe Hosptial, Headley Way. Headington, Oxford OX3 9DU, UK.



This study was designed to audit current practice in percutaneous biliary drainage and stenting in the United Kingdom.


In 2006, the British Society of Interventional Radiology set up the first web-based Biliary Drainage and Stenting Registry (BDSR). This consisted of a series of tick sheets, which were completed online. Data collection included technical and clinical success of the procedures and outcomes at discharge with a separate form for any follow-up visits. Two months before data analysis, all contributors were asked via email to complete any outstanding data. This paper reports on data collected between November 1, 2006 and August 18, 2009.


A total of 833 procedures were recorded and were entered by 62 operators from 44 institutions within the United Kingdom. There were 455 men and 378 women with a median age of 69 (range 20-101) years.The majority of procedures were performed by a consultant. Successful drainage of the biliary tree was achieved in 98.7%. Partial or complete relief of symptoms was seen in 65% of patients. Minor complications, predominantly pain (14.3%), were seen in 26% and major complications, predominantly sepsis (3.5%), were seen in 7.9% of patients.


These figures provide an essential benchmark for both audit and patient information. Identifying areas of good practice and those that require improvement will ultimately result in better patient care.

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