Is routine MR cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) justified prior to cholecystectomy?

Nebiker, C. A. and Baierlein, S. A. and Beck, S. and von Flüe, M. and Ackermann, C. and Peterli, R.. (2009) Is routine MR cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) justified prior to cholecystectomy? Langenbeck's Archiv für Chirurgie, Vol. 394. pp. 1005-1010.

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PURPOSE: We investigated routinely the bile ducts by magnetic resonance cholangiopancreaticography (MRCP) prior to cholecystectomy. The aim of this study was to analyze the rate of clinically inapparent common bile duct (CBD) stones, the predictive value of elevated liver enzymes for CBD stones, and the influence of the radiological results on the perioperative management. METHODS: In this prospective study, 465 patients were cholecystectomized within 18 months, mainly laparoscopically. Preoperative MRCP was performed in 454 patients. RESULTS: With MRCP screening, clinically silent CBD stones were found in 4%. Elevated liver enzymes have only a poor predictive value for the presence of CBD stones (positive predictive value, 21%; negative predictive value, 96%). Compared to the recent literature, the postoperative morbidity in this study was low (0 bile duct injury, 0.4% residual gallstones). CONCLUSIONS: Although MRCP is diagnostically useful in the perioperative management in some cases, its routine use in the DRG-era may not be justified due to the costs.
Faculties and Departments:03 Faculty of Medicine > Bereich Operative Fächer (Klinik) > Innere Organe
03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Klinische Forschung > Bereich Operative Fächer (Klinik) > Innere Organe
UniBasel Contributors:Peterli, Ralph
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
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