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
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
Sodeman WA, Haynie TP. Hepatic Photoscanning In Hydatid Liver Cysts. JAMA. 1964;188(3):318–320. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03060290122045
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