What are the advantages of CT scanning in the diagnosis 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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Advantages of CT include the following:

  • Other pathologies that are causes or complications of cholangitis (eg, ampullary tumors, pericholecystic fluid, liver abscesses) can be imaged.

  • Pathology that must be distinguished from cholangitis also can be observed (eg, right-sided diverticulitis, papillary necrosis, some evidence of pyelonephritis, mesenteric ischemia, ruptured appendix).

  • Detection of biliary pathology with CT cholangiography approaches that of ERCP.


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