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Choledochal cyst: A seven-year review of the clinical and diagnostic features among Filipino children.

Germana Emerita Gregorio ,
Juliet O. Sio

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A seven-year retrospective study was undertaken to determine the clinical symptomatology and diagnostic features of pediatric patients with choledochal cyst at the Philippine General Hospital. A review of the medical records of thirteen patients revealed that: (1) the mean age at diagnosis was 4.99 + 5.02 years; (2) the most common presenting symptom was abdominal pain as seen in 62% of patients; (3) the clinical tried of intermittent jaundice, abdominal pain and right upper quadrant mass was present in only 38% of patients and (4) ultrasonography was the most reliable diagnostic modality, providing the pre-operative diagnosis in 85% of patients Surgical interventions were performed in all patients. Complications of the disease observed in 54% of patients included ascending cholangitis, biliary cirrhosis and hepatic encephalophaty The epidemiologic and laboratory features were comparable with those reported in world literature. This study emphasizes the importance of a high index of suspicion in the diagnosis of the disease in order to minimize the risks of complications. Ultrasonography is a mandatory screening procedure for patients with cholestatic jaundice and can readily exclude potentially treatable extrahepatic cholestasis.

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Journal Article, Original
Acta Medica Philippina
Publication Date
October-December 1991
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