Cholecystokinin cholecystography in the diagnosis of acalculous extrahepatic biliary tract disorders

Am J Gastroenterol. 1978 Dec;70(6):593-9.


Cholecystokinin cholecystography represents a study designed to identify patients with acalculous extrahepatic biliary tract disorders. In this study, a positive cholecystokinin cholecystogram (CCK-GB) was defined as both reproduction of the patient's biliary tract-type pain plus one or more of various roentgen abnormalities. Using these criteria, 20 patients had a positive CCK-GB. After failure of medical management, 19 of these patients came to surgery. Seventeen of 18 available for follow-up were cured of their biliary tract pain by surgery. Follow-up of this group of patients has ranged from one month to 60 months. In view of our findings plus those in other reported series, we conclude that CCK-GB provides a reliable study for the diagnosis of acalculous extrahepatic biliary tract disorders.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Biliary Tract Diseases / diagnostic imaging*
  • Biliary Tract Diseases / surgery
  • Cholecystectomy
  • Cholecystography / methods*
  • Cholecystokinin*
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged


  • Cholecystokinin