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Clinical Notes
April 20, 1964

Hepatic Photoscanning In Hydatid Liver Cysts

JAMA. 1964;188(3):318-320. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03060290122045
Abstract

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 

Case 1.—  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

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