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Title: Application of percutaneous transhepatic cholangiography for common bile duct calculi in Maltese patients
Other Titles: Clinical gastroenterology in Malta
Authors: Attard, D.
Camilleri, M.
Keywords: Gastroenterology -- Malta -- Case studies
Biliary tract -- Diseases
Biliary tract -- Ultrasonic imaging
Issue Date: 1987
Publisher: University of Malta. Medical School
Citation: Attard D. & Camilleri, M. (1987). Application of percutaneous transhepatic cholangiography for common bile duct calculi in Maltese patients. In, Michael Camilleri (Ed.), Clinical gastroenterology in Malta (pp. 82-88). Malta : University of Malta Medical School.
Abstract: We have studied 6 patients with calculi in the biliary tree who had presented with: jaundice in 2 patients; gall-stone pancreatitis in 2 patients; recurrent cholangitis in 1 patient; and recurrent abdominal pain in 1 patient. A preliminary abdominal ultrasound or computerised tomographic scan had demonstrated a dilated biliary tree in all patients. Percutaneous transhepatic cholangiography using the "skinny" Chiba needle technique was performed and this showed clear evidence of stones and their location in all 6 cases. The number and position of the stones was confirmed at subsequent operation. There were no complications resulting from the procedure. Percutaneous transhepatic cholangiography is a reliable method for demonstrating the biliary system and provides an accurate pre-operative assessment of biliary tract calculi.
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