January 1976

A Technique for T-Tube Cholangiography

Author Affiliations

From the Mayo Clinic, Mayo Foundation, Rochester, Minn.

Arch Surg. 1976;111(1):85. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1976.01360190087018

A false abnormal operative cholangiogram after a common duct exploration is a frustrating event for the operating surgeon. Since most of the "abnormal" operative cholangiograms after common duct exploration are due to air bubbles, many surgeons have abandoned routine operative T-tube cholangiography.

A technique adopted some years ago has been used with great success. The "Custer technique" of T-tube cholangiography (M.D. Custer, MD, oral communication, 1972) is shown in the Figure.

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