Accessory hepatic duct: sonographic findings

Abdom Imaging. May-Jun 2002;27(3):329-32. doi: 10.1007/s00261-001-0068-x.


Accessory hepatic ducts are relatively rare biliary anomalies. They have been reported only sporadically, and very few reports have described their sonographic (US) findings. Our experience with two such cases suggested that a diagnosis of an accessory hepatic duct should be considered when US shows a fine tubular structure or an anechoic or hypoechoic oval mass with acoustic shadowing at the level between the hepatic hilus and the common bile duct. A good knowledge of the US findings will determine the diagnostic and therapeutic strategies.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Bile Duct Diseases / diagnostic imaging*
  • Female
  • Hepatic Duct, Common / abnormalities*
  • Hepatic Duct, Common / diagnostic imaging*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Ultrasonography