What is the role of imaging studies in the workup of acute cholangitis?

Updated: Dec 29, 2017
  • Author: Timothy M Scott, DO; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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Imaging studies are important to confirm the presence and cause of biliary obstruction and to rule out other conditions. [1] Ultrasonography and computed tomography (CT) scanning are the most commonly used first-line imaging modalities. Endoscopic retrograde cholangiography, magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography, and endoscopic ultrasonography are commonly used for both diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. [1]


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