When is abdominal ultrasonography indicated in the workup of sepsis/septic shock?

Updated: Oct 07, 2020
  • Author: Andre Kalil, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Michael R Pinsky, MD, CM, Dr(HC), FCCP, FAPS, MCCM  more...
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Abdominal ultrasonography is indicated when patients have evidence of acute cholecystitis or ascending cholangitis exists [2] (eg, right upper quadrant abdominal tenderness, fever, vomiting, elevated LFT results, elevated bilirubin level, or elevated alkaline phosphatase level). Surgery or endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) may be urgently necessary in the setting of sepsis with acute cholecystitis or ascending cholangitis.


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