A magnetic resonance cholangiogram (MRC) is a test that can
help doctors look for problems in the abdomen. The image is done from outside
the body, without inserting an instrument.
Doctors can use MRC to locate
gallstones before surgery to remove the gallbladder
(laparoscopic cholecystectomy). But the test is most useful for diagnosing
complications of gallstones, such as obstruction of the bile duct, perforation
of the gallbladder, or
What is the spleen and what causes an enlarged spleen (splenomegaly)?
The spleen sits under your rib cage in the upper left part of your abdomen toward your back. It is an organ that is part of the lymph system and works as a drainage network that defends your body against infection.
White blood cells produced in the spleen engulf bacteria, dead tissue, and foreign matter, removing them from the blood as blood passes through it. The spleen also maintains healthy red and white blood cells and platelets;...