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Value of MR cholangiography in the evaluation of postoperative biliary complications following orthotopic liver transplantation.
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PMID:  11044927     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The aim of this study was to describe the spectrum of abnormal biliary findings as seen with magnetic resonance cholangiography (MRC) in symptomatic patients after orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT). In our study we included 12 consecutive patients post-OLT who presented with clinical and/or biochemical suspicion of biliary complications. In all patients MRC was performed on a 1.0-T whole-body magnet and breathhold half-Fourier acquired single-shot turbo spin echo and rapid acquisition with relaxation enhancement sequences were used. Diagnostic confirmation was obtained with percutaneous transhepatic cholangiography (PTC; n = 3 patients), endoscopic retrograde cholangiography (ERC; n = 3 patients), or clinical follow-up. A vast array of biliary abnormalities were detected in 11 of 12 patients: high-grade, obstructive, anastomotic stricture was the most common unique abnormality. Findings consistent with bile duct necrosis, the second most common abnormality, were accompanied by arterial abnormalities in 2 of 5 patients on subsequent MR- and digital subtraction angiography. Compared with the findings obtained with direct cholangiography (n = 5 patients), MRC was highly accurate for the detection and characterization of postoperative biliary complications. Compared with the final diagnosis, which was based on PTC-ERC findings and/or all available clinical data, MRC imaging alone was able to provide a specific diagnosis in 9 of 12 patients. Magnetic resonance cholangiography is an accurate, time-saving, and non-invasive imaging modality in the evaluation of post-OLT patients in whom suspicion of biliary complications exists. Although the precise value of MRA in this patient group requires larger dedicated studies, single session "all-in-one" MR evaluation of both biliary and arterial system in our series proved to be a substantial benefit in obtaining an accurate and complete diagnosis.
V Meersschaut; K J Mortelé; R Troisi; H Van Vlierberghe; M De Vos; L Defreyne; B de Hemptinne; M Kunnen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Evaluation Studies; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  European radiology     Volume:  10     ISSN:  0938-7994     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur Radiol     Publication Date:  2000  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-01-17     Completed Date:  2001-02-01     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9114774     Medline TA:  Eur Radiol     Country:  GERMANY    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1576-81     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Radiology, University Hospital Ghent, Belgium.
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MeSH Terms
Bile Duct Diseases / diagnosis*,  etiology
Bile Ducts, Extrahepatic / pathology*
Bile Ducts, Intrahepatic / pathology*
Cholangiography / methods*
Liver Failure / surgery
Liver Transplantation / adverse effects*
Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
Middle Aged
Observer Variation
Reproducibility of Results
Retrospective Studies

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