During surgery to remove the
gallbladder (cholecystectomy), you may have a
procedure called intraoperative cholangiogram. The doctor places a small tube
called a catheter into the cystic duct, which drains bile from the gallbladder
common bile duct. A dye that blocks X-rays is injected
into the common bile duct, and then you will have X-rays taken.
gallstones that may be in the common bile
Allow the surgeon to see the anatomy of the bile duct system
from the liver to the small intestine. Viewing the bile ducts before removal of
the gallbladder may help ensure that the surgeon does not accidentally cut or
damage the common bile duct.
Complications of intraoperative cholangiogram can include:
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July 10, 2013
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