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Clinical Notes
April 20, 1964

Hepatic Photoscanning In Hydatid Liver Cysts

Author Affiliations

Ann Arbor, Mich

From the Department of Internal Medicine and the Clinical Radioisotope Unit, University of Michigan Medical Center.; Dr. Sodeman is presently with the Laboratory of Parasite Chemotherapy at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md. Dr. Haynie is presently with the Division of Nuclear Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Center, Galveston.

JAMA. 1964;188(3):318-320. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03060290122045

DIAGNOSIS and management of hydatid liver cysts have been hampered in the past by the lack of a simple method of visualizing liver tumors. Recently, photoscanning of the liver with rose bengal I 131 or colloidal gold Au 198 has permitted visualization of liver tumors by a simple atraumatic technique. Case reports of two patients are presented to emphasize the value of hepatic photoscanning in the diagnosis and management of this condition.

Report of Cases 

Case 1.—  A 31-year-old Greek woman had resided in the US for six years. She was admitted to the University of Michigan Medical Center in March, 1961. History disclosed bouts of self-limited right upper quadrant pain radiating to the flank and scapula unaccompanied by other gastrointestinal symptoms. Pain occurred in exacerbations over a six-year period, gradually becoming more frequent. Scleral icterus first appeared in 1958 and was noted occasionally over the next two years. In

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