What is the role of ultrasonography 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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Ultrasonography is excellent for gallstones and cholecystitis. [14] It is highly sensitive and specific for examining the gallbladder and assessing bile duct dilatation (see the following image). However, it often misses stones in the distal bile duct. [15]

Sonogram of dilated intrahepatic ducts. Sonogram of dilated intrahepatic ducts.

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