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February 1929

CAN THE GALLBLADDER EMPTY THROUGH DUODENAL BILIARY DRAINAGE? IS THE GALLBLADDER THE SOURCE OF "B" BILE?A CHOLECYSTOGRAPHIC STUDY OF BILIARY DRAINAGE

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PHILADELPHIA

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1929;43(2):147-165. doi:10.1001/archinte.1929.00130250003001
Abstract

In the discussion that followed a program on the diagnosis of and treatment for disease of the biliary tract at the annual meeting of the American Gastro-Enterological Association in May, 1927, Dr. Louis Gregory Cole pointed out that there was a great difference of opinion as to the merits or demerits of drainage of the biliary tract by means of the duodenal tube and that it was still a matter of dispute as to whether it was possible to evacuate the liquid contents of the gallbladder by any manner of intraduodenal stimulation. He thus subjected to recriticism the source of the so-called "B" bile. He suggested the desirability of studying a series of patients by oral cholecystography and drainage of bile by the duodenal tube to see whether the shadow of the dye-filled gallbladder could be made to disappear or be reduced in size; this experiment was to be further

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