Pleuro-biliary fistula

Dr Henry Knipe and Dr Yuranga Weerakkody et al.

Pleuro-biliary fistulae refer to abnormal fistulous communications between the biliary tree and pleural space. It forms the large portion of thoraco-biliary fistulas and can occur in various situations such as with complications secondary to trauma, infection, malignancy, biliary disease, or percutaneous procedures.

Radiographic features

Its presence may be suggested by the development of a right pleural effusion in a patient with a relevant clinical history.

Nuclear medicine

A hepatobiliary scan / HIDA can be useful for confirmation.

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rID: 68291
Tag: cases
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Pleuro-biliary fistulation
  • Pleuro-biliary fistulas
  • Biliary-pleural fistula
  • Biliary-pleural fistula (BPF)

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