The significance of unexplained dilated common bile duct at endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography

Y. Avni, J. Rattan, S. Bar-Meir

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Abstract

The clinical significance of unexplained dilation of the common bile duct (CBD) seen at endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ECRP) in non-jaundiced patients with abdominal pain, was studied in a group of 14 patients. A CBD diameter of more than 15 mm was associated with choledocholithiasis (29%), periampullary carcinoma (14%), papillary stenosis (14%), or no definite pathology (43%) during a follow-up of 20 months. Dilation of the CBD exceeding 20 mm, was associated with periampullary carcinoma or papillary stenosis in 80% of the patients. It is recommended that such a group of patients be followed very closely, and the ERCP examination repeated within a few months.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)292-293
Number of pages2
JournalEndoscopy
Volume20
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1988
Externally publishedYes

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