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Types and frequencies of biliary tract variations associated with a major portal venous anomaly: analysis with multi-detector row CT cholangiography.
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PMID:  16373765     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: To retrospectively determine whether major portal venous variation was more frequently associated with biliary variants, with consideration of the types and frequencies of biliary tract variations in the right and left liver lobes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Before undergoing computed tomographic (CT) cholangiography, patients gave informed consent. The retrospective research protocol was approved, and informed consent was waived by the ethics committee. Forty-four patients aged 29-80 years who underwent multi-detector row CT cholangiography had a major portal vein variation in which the main portal vein diverged into the common trunk of the left portal vein and right anterior sectorial portal vein. One hundred fifty-eight consecutive patients aged 26-89 years who did not have this variation served as the control group. Three radiologists retrospectively evaluated the confluence pattern of the bile duct, the relationship between this pattern and the portal vein, and the major branching pattern of the portal vein. Pearson chi2 and Fisher exact tests were performed to identify significant differences between the two patient groups. RESULTS: The classic hilar confluence pattern, where the right posterior sectorial duct connects supraportally with the right anterior sectorial duct, was less frequent in the patients with the portal vein variation than in the control subjects (32% vs 73%, P < .05). The following biliary tract variations were identified more frequently in the variation group than in the control group (P < .05): right posterior sectorial duct joining left hepatic duct with a supraportal course (34% vs 12%), right posterior sectorial duct joining right anterior sectorial duct with an infraportal course (13% vs 4%), right posterior sectorial duct following an infraportal course (23% vs 8%), and left lateral segmental ducts caudal to the umbilical portion of the portal vein (14% vs 3%). The right hepatic duct, which receives all biliary ducts from the right lobe, was significantly less frequently developed in the variation group (46% vs 79%, P < .05). In addition, retroportal bile ducts were seen in four patients with the portal vein variation (P < .05). CONCLUSION: Bile duct configurations in patients with portal vein variation were significantly different from those in control subjects.
Masahiro Kitami; Kei Takase; Gen Murakami; Saiho Ko; Masahiro Tsuboi; Haruo Saito; Shuichi Higano; Yoshiyuki Nakajima; Shoki Takahashi
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Radiology     Volume:  238     ISSN:  0033-8419     ISO Abbreviation:  Radiology     Publication Date:  2006 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-12-23     Completed Date:  2006-01-27     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0401260     Medline TA:  Radiology     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  156-66     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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RSNA, 2006.
Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine, Sendai 980-8574, Japan.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Bile Ducts / anatomy & histology*
Chi-Square Distribution
Image Processing, Computer-Assisted
Middle Aged
Portal Vein / anatomy & histology*,  radiography*
Retrospective Studies
Tomography, X-Ray Computed*

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