Bile Collection System - the BICC's

The BICC’s, a totally subcutaneously implanted T-Tube Occluder system uses a balloon mechanism for the sampling and collection of the total voume of bile over an extended period. Available with 2 or 3 legs, in a variety of catheter and port sizes, it can be used in a variety of species including dogs and non-human primates.

Components :

The 2 Leg BICC’s Bile Collection System components include:

– Vascular Access Ports – your choice of model
– T-Tube Balloon Catheter
– 4.5 French Silicone Occluding Catheter that connects to a Vascular Access Port
– 5 or 7 French Sampling/Flushing Catheter that connects to a Vascular Access Port
– Instruction for use

The 3 Leg BICC’s Bile Collection System includes an additional vascular access port with a 5 or 7 French silicone catheter that is used solely for flushing.


In addition to the access ports and catheters, all BICC’s systems ship with…

– 1 x 26 ga x 24″/60cm stainless steel balloon catheter filler
– 1 x 20 ga x 18″/45cm Huber sampling set – BICRA20-75
– 1 x 100ml low vacuum collection bulb – BIC-CB100

Additional Huber sampling sets are available in boxes of 12

Additional vacuum collection bulbs are available in single units


– low pressure system
– easy occlusion and collection of bile
– quantative fluid collection data
– simple to restore flow on completion of collection
– selective infusion
– convenient fluid sampling
– unrestricted animal movement
– no external components
– low maintenance, decreased infection rate


After cannulation of the bile duct the T-Tube catheter is placed in the common bile duct and the catheter legs ( 2 or 3) are tunneled subcutaneously and attached to the access ports.

For bile collection, insert a Huber needle into the access port attached to the balloon catheter and infuse a hypertonic solution. The balloon in the T-Tube inflates and closes off bile flow to the duodenum. The bile is diverted and collected by inserting the Huber sampling set (BICRA20-75) attached to the vacuum collection bulb (BIC-CB100) into the access port of the sampling catheter. When collection is complete, the hypertonic solution is removed, the balloon collapses and bile flow to the duodenum is restored.

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