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Quality-of-life assessment in the treatment of iatrogenic bile duct injuries: hepaticojejunostomy versus end-to-end biliary reconstructions


  • B. Jabłońska MD, PhD; M. Olakowski MD, PhD; P. Lampe MD, PhD; Z. Górka MD, PhD; Ł. Bułdak MD, PhD.


Dr Beata Jabłońska, Department of Digestive Tract Surgery, University Hospital of the Medical University of Silesia, Medyków 14 St, 40-752 Katowice, Poland. Email:



Assessment and comparison of quality of life (QOL) in patients treated for iatrogenic bile duct injuries (IBDI) with Roux-en-Y hepaticojejunostomy (HJ) or end-to-end ductal anastomosis (EE).


The Medical Outcomes Study Short Form 36v2 (SF-36v2) Health Survey and the Karnofsky score were used. Comparative analysis of QOL was performed in 41 patients following reconstructive surgery for IBDI between 1990 and 2005: 22 – HJ and 21 – EE.


Seven of eight values were comparable in both analysed groups: role-physical, bodily pain, general health, vitality, social functioning, role-emotional and mental health index. Physical functioning was significantly better in patients following EE (P = 0.04). Physical component summary (P = 0.11) and mental component summary (P = 0.92) in both groups were comparable. QOL according to the Karnofsky scale was comparable in both groups (P = 0.294).


Physical functioning was significantly better in patients after EE. Other values of QOF according to the SF-36v2 and the Karnofsky score were comparable in both groups.