Seward, E.W.; Guinane, M.J.; Khela, M.K.; Yazaki, E.; Evans, D.F.; Ainley, C.A.
April 2003
Gut;Apr2003 Supplement 1, Vol. 52, pA85
Academic Journal
Sphincter of Oddi dysfunction (SOD) is a cause of postcholecystectomy pain. Current gold-standard diagnosis is by measurement of basal pressure by sphincter of Oddi manometry (SOM), and if elevated an endoscopic sphincterotomy (ES) is performed. Both these procedures carry significant complication rates. Hepatobiliary scintigraphy has been promoted as a means of assisting management. Aim: to evaluate hepatobiliary scintigraphy (HBS) as a means of screening for SOD and predicting treatment response. Methods: 21 post-cholecystectomy patients were screened by HBS prior to standard evaluation with SOM during ERCP. HBS was performed using a standard protocol. A semi-quantitative scoring system classified scans as positive (SOD) or negative (no SOD). Two observers reviewed all 21 scintigrams. SOM was regarded as diagnostic of SOD if sphincter base pressure was > 40 mm Hg. If elevated, an ES was performed and a successful result was defined as an improvement in symptoms. Results: 17 of our patients were female, average age 42.4 + 4.0 years. Agreement was 100% between observers. Conclusions: HBS can be interpreted reliably between observers. HBS is a poor screening tool in isolation, but may prove a useful adjunct to manometry in predicting ES outcome.


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