Gastrointestinal Radiology

, Volume 13, Issue 1, pp 331–335

Patterns of calcifications and cholangiographic findings in hepatobiliary tuberculosis


  • Dean D. T. Maglinte
    • Department of RadiologyMethodist Hospital of Indiana
  • Sol Z. Alvarez
    • Department of MedicineSanto Tomas University Hospital
  • Anastacio C. Ng
    • Department of RadiologyMethodist Hospital of Indiana
  • Jose L. Lapeña
    • Department of RadiologySanto Tomas University Hospital

DOI: 10.1007/BF01889092

Cite this article as:
Maglinte, D.D.T., Alvarez, S.Z., Ng, A.C. et al. Gastrointest Radiol (1988) 13: 331. doi:10.1007/BF01889092


The radiologic findings on conventional examinations (plain films and cholangiograms) in a large group of patients with proven hepatobiliary tuberculosis are reviewed. The plain film findings of large “ chalky” and confluent hepatic calcifications or nodal-type calcifications along the course of the common bile duct are suggestive of hepatobiliary tuberculosis. Small, discrete, scattered calcifications may be mimicked by histoplasmosis but can be differentiated from hepatobiliary tuberculosis. Obstructing defects seen on cholangiography are indicative of tuberculosis when adjacent calcifications are present. The patterns of liver calcifications could provide a clue to the diagnosis of hepatobiliary tuberculosis and its differentiation from liver calcifications of various other etiologies.

Key words

Liver, calcificationsLiver, tuberculosisBile ducts, obstruction

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