What is the role of imaging studies in the diagnosis of primary biliary cholangitis (PBC)?

Updated: Nov 08, 2017
  • Author: Nikolaos T Pyrsopoulos, MD, PhD, MBA, FACP, AGAF; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Imaging studies

  • Abdominal ultrasonography, CT scanning, or MRI are important to exclude biliary obstruction

  • Nonspecific findings include increased echogenicity of the liver parenchyma and findings compatible with portal hypertension

  • Portal lymphadenopathy can be recognized in approximately 15% of these patients


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