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A non-icteric cholecystectomized patient with recurrent attacks of right epigastric pain and dilated common bile duct--do liver function tests predict bile duct stones?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11256798     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Cholecystectomized patients with recurrent attacks of right epigastric pain and with dilated common bile duct are a clinical challenge. In a number of these patients dilatation of the common bile duct is explained as a normal postoperative state following cholecystectomy and the recurrent pain attacks are of origin other than bile disorder, but in some cases dilatation of the common bile duct and attacks are caused by bile duct stones. The aim of the present work was to study the value of common plasma liver function tests in predicting bile duct stones in the group of non-icteric cholecystectomized patients with recurrent attacks of right epigastric pain and with dilated common bile duct. The study population comprised 24 consecutive non-icteric cholecystectomized patients admitted for elective endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography because of attacks of right epigastric pain and dilated common bile duct in ultrasonography. All the liver function tests seemed to assist in separating patients with bile duct stones (n=11) from those without (n=13). Alanine aminotransferase levels were significantly higher (p=0.05) in patients with bile duct stones than in those without, but also alkaline phosphatase (p=0.07), gamma-glutamyl transferase (p=0.09) and bilirubin (p=0.09) levels seemed to be higher in patients with bile duct stones than in those without, although the differences in these values did not reach statistical significance. In conclusion, common plasma liver function tests assist in separating patients with bile duct stones from those without in this small but clinically important group of non-icteric cholecystectomized patients with recurrent attacks of right epigastric pain and with dilated common bile duct. However, the actual value of these measurements is limited in clinical decision making since overlapping of values occured.
Authors:
J M Grönroos; M M Haapamäki; R Gullichsen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical chemistry and laboratory medicine : CCLM / FESCC     Volume:  39     ISSN:  1434-6621     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin. Chem. Lab. Med.     Publication Date:  2001 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-03-20     Completed Date:  2001-06-28     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9806306     Medline TA:  Clin Chem Lab Med     Country:  Germany    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  35-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Department of Surgery, University of Turku, Finland. juha.gronroos@tyks.fi
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adult
Aged
Aged, 80 and over
Bile Duct Diseases / diagnosis*
Chemistry, Clinical / methods*
Cholecystectomy*
Female
Gallstones / diagnosis*
Humans
Liver / metabolism*
Liver Function Tests*
Male
Middle Aged
Pain*
Stomach Diseases / diagnosis*

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