What is the role of abdominal radiography in the workup of carcinoma of the gallbladder?

Updated: Apr 12, 2018
  • Author: Gregory M Szarnecki, MD; Chief Editor: John Karani, MBBS, FRCR  more...
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Plain abdominal radiographic films have a limited role in GB carcinoma. The images may demonstrate porcelain GB, calcified gallstones, and, rarely, biliary gas from GB-enteric fistula. Mucinous tumors may produce vague or punctate calcification in the primary tumor or in metastatic foci that may be visible on plain films. Barium studies, if positive, show duodenal invasion and displacement. Transverse colon invasion may occasionally be seen.


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