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Is pthc able to remove gallstones?
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Dr. Barry Rosen
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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).
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