Gastrointestinal Radiology

, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 145–150 | Cite as

Fine needle aspiration biopsy in malignant obstructive jaundice

  • Richard H. Cohan
  • Fernando F. Illescas
  • Simon D. Braun
  • Glenn E. Newman
  • N. Reed Dunnick


Percutaneous cytodiagnosis of malignancy in patients with biliary tract obstruction is often useful in planning subsequent therapy. Of 121 patients presenting for percutaneous transhepatic cholangiography and biliary drainage, 45 had fine needle aspiration biopsies. Forty-one patients had malignant obstruction of the biliary tree, while benign disease was present in 4 patients. Neoplasia was diagnosed in 12 of 13 patients with bile duct carcinoma, 16 of 22 patients with pancreatic cancer, and 3 of 6 patients with other malignancies. Radiologic biopsy sensitivity was only slightly inferior to surgical biopsy sensitivity in the same patient population. A scheme for biliary cytodiagnosis is presented, which uses a percutaneous approach for patients with suspected pancreatic carcinoma and a transcatheter approach for patients with suspected bile duct carcinoma. The utility of this procedure and the low complication rate are stressed.

Key words

Fine needle aspiration biopsy Bile duct carcinoma Pancreatic carcinoma Obstructive jaundice 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard H. Cohan
    • 1
  • Fernando F. Illescas
    • 1
  • Simon D. Braun
    • 1
  • Glenn E. Newman
    • 1
  • N. Reed Dunnick
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyDuke University Medical CenterDurhamUSA

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