Gallbladder ejection fraction: Nondiagnostic for sphincter of Oddi dysfunction in patients with intact gallbladders

A. N. Kalloo, S. Sostre, G. E. Meyerrose, P. J. Pasricha, Z. Szabo

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Abstract

Thirty consecutive patients with intact gallbladders and biliary pain were evaluated to determine whether gallbladder ejection fraction could identify sphincter of Oddi dysfunction. The mean gallbladder ejection fraction was 45% in patients with abdominal pain and 72% in normal controls. Gallbladder ejection fractions were then correlated with endoscopically measured sphincter of Oddi pressures in patients with abdominal pain. The mean gallbladder ejection fraction was 41% in 7 patients with elevated sphincter pressures and 46% in 23 patients with normal pressures (P = NS). Thirty-six percent of patients with elevated pressures and 33% of patients with normal pressures had abnormal gallbladder ejection fractions. Gallbladder ejection fraction had a sensitivity of 33%, a specificity of 63%, and a positive predictive value of 25% for detection of elevated pressures. Regression analysis revealed a poor correlation between sphincter pressure and gallbladder ejection fraction (r2 = 0.02). These findings suggest that gallbladder ejection fraction cannot be used to diagnose sphincter of Oddi dysfunction in patients before they undergo cholecystectomy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)713-719
Number of pages7
JournalClinical nuclear medicine
Volume19
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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