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December 22, 1969

The Air Cholangiogram as an Unusual Sequela to Thoracocentesis

Author Affiliations

USN; USN; USN; USN
From the Chest Medicine Branch, Medicine Service, Naval Hospital, National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Md.

JAMA. 1969;210(12):2280-2281. doi:10.1001/jama.1969.03160380094027
Abstract

During an attempted thoracocentesis in a patient with empyema, air was inadventently introduced beneath the diaphragm apparently penetrating the liver capsule. Air filled the biliary tree and 24 hours later, an "air cholangiogram" was seen roentgenographically. Transient liver function abnormalities followed the incident.

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