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September 1968

Scintiphotography in Cirrhosis

Author Affiliations

Bronx, NY

From the Gastroenterology Section, Department of Medicine (Drs. Luthra; Scherl; and Golden), and the Radioisotope Laboratory, Department of Radiology (Mr. Collica), Misericordia Hospital,; Misericordia-Fordham Affiliation, Bronx, NY. Dr. Luthra was a fellow in gastroenterology at the Misericordia-Fordham Affiliation.

Arch Intern Med. 1968;122(3):211-213. doi:10.1001/archinte.1968.00300080019005

Gamma camera scintiphotography was employed to study 30 patients with alcoholic liver disease. Marked hepatomegaly was found in 40% and abnormally small livers in 27%. Splenic uptake was significant and demonstrable in 60% of the patients. Only 10% had palpable spleens. Bone marrow uptake and splenic uptake correlated well with the severity of the disease. A characteristic scan suggesting a "flying bat" was observed with advanced alcoholic liver disease.