2 doctors weighed in:

Is pthc able to remove gallstones?

2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not exactly

Pthc stands for percutaneous transhepatic cholangiography.
Translated: a radiologist puts a needle thru the skin into the liver, finds a bile duct (must be dilated), and can inject dye to take a picture of the biliary tree. They can also pass a catheter into this tract and, in extreme situations, use dissolving agents or a basket to remove a bile duct stone (better route via the mouth by ercp).

In brief: Not exactly

Pthc stands for percutaneous transhepatic cholangiography.
Translated: a radiologist puts a needle thru the skin into the liver, finds a bile duct (must be dilated), and can inject dye to take a picture of the biliary tree. They can also pass a catheter into this tract and, in extreme situations, use dissolving agents or a basket to remove a bile duct stone (better route via the mouth by ercp).
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Buck Parker
Board Certified, Surgery
13 years in practice
468K people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors