Imaging of intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma: 1. Peripheral cholangiocarcinoma

P. Soyer, D. A. Bluemke, R. Reichle, P. S. Calhoun, D. F. Bliss, A. Scherrer, E. K. Fishman

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Cholangiocarcinoma is the second most common primary hepatic malignant tumor after hepatocellular carcinoma, accounting for 5-30% of all primary hepatic malignant tumors [1]. Intrahepatic cholangiocarcinomas can be classified as peripheral cholangiocarcinoma, which originates from an interlobular biliary duct, or as hilar cholangiocarcinoma, which originates from a main hepatic duct or from the bifurcation of the common hepatic duct. Intrahepatic cholangiocarcinomas account for only about half of cholangiocarcinomas, and this pictorial essay focuses only on the peripheral form of the disease. Clinically, therapeutically, and radiologically, these two types of cholangiocarcinomas differ. Features suggestive of the diagnosis of peripheral cholangiocarcinoma san be shown by sonography, CT, and MR imaging. Cholangiography and angiography have a limited role in evaluating this neoplasm that manifests as a focal mass. This essay reviews the appearances of peripheral cholangiocarcinoma and discusses the various imaging techniques that can be used to evaluate this unusual tumor that is often resectable and potentially curable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1427-1431
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Roentgenology
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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