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Unexpected gallbladder emptying from visual stimulation: controlling sensory factors in hepatobiliary scintigraphy.
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PMID:  21975410     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Unexpected (without deliberate stimulation) emptying of a gallbladder (GB) during hepatobiliary scintigraphy is rare. Such a case is presented where the patient was watching a movie that contained episodes of appetizing meal preparation and consumption. The photic stimulation was recognized and discontinued, resulting in the GB refilled after a 15-minute wait. The GB ejection fraction was then obtained after cholecystokinin stimulation and was similar to unexpected emptying. In conclusion, it is prudent to limit all possible stimulating factors during hepatobiliary scintigraphy, including thought, sight, smell, taste, mastication, and swallowing of food.
Mark Tulchinsky
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical nuclear medicine     Volume:  36     ISSN:  1536-0229     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin Nucl Med     Publication Date:  2011 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-10-06     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7611109     Medline TA:  Clin Nucl Med     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1065-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
From the Section of Nuclear Medicine, Department of Radiology, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Penn State University, Hershey, PA.
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