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Is the percutaneous transhepatic cholangiography a risky thing to do?

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Dr. Alexander Vogel answered

Specializes in Radiology

No, but...: There are less invasive ways to image the biliary tree, like ultrasound, ERCP (by a gastroenterologist) and mrcp (mri). If there is some blockage, drainage can usually be achieved by a gastroenterologist, with percutaneous drainage reserved for cases that cannot be treated by a gastroenterologist. While percutaneous biliary imaging and interventions do not have high risk, less risky options exist.

Answered 2/26/2017

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