oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Percutaneous cholangiography with the okuda needle - experience in a developing country

Volume 25, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



Percutaneous cholangiography with the Okuda needle was performed in 44 patients with a clinical diagnosis of obstructive jaundice. The biliary tree was seen in 40 patients (90 per cent.), and the radiological diagnosis was confirmed by laparotomy or necropsy in the majority of cases. In the 13 patients with non-dilated ducts, visualisation was achieved in nine (70 per cent.). There was no mortality and only one significant complication, that of biliary peritonitis,.very early in the series.

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