We report our experience with 4 cases of cystic dilatation of intrahepatic bile ducts following hepatic portoenterostomy for biliary atresia. Two of the cases did not achieve satisfactory bile excretion and all four cases developed recurrent cholangitis after hepatic portoenterostomy. The attacks of cholangitis seemed to be associated with the presence of intrahepatic cysts. Although one case resulted in death from hepatic failure, three other cases are now outpatients. Patients who develop recurrent cholangitis following hepatic portoenterostomy, should be examined to exclude the presence of intrahepatic biliary cysts. Ultrasonography, computed tomography and percutaneous transhepatic cholangiography were all effective in detecting cysts and provided valuable information for planning treatment. Percutaneous transhepatic or surgical drainage of the bile ducts was effective in reducing jaundice, and recurrent cholangitis.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging