Ultrasound can clear up questions about bile duct stone diagnosis, researchers say

01/13/2014 | Medscape (free registration)

In a prospective study, researchers found that endoscopic ultrasound helped distinguish between patients believed to have bile duct stones who need therapeutic endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography and those who don't. The approach has the potential to lead to earlier discharge for some patients, cutting costs, say the researchers, who recommend endoscopic ultrasound be added to the routine screening of patients believed to have common bile duct stones.

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