Hepatoduodenal bile transit in cholecystectomized subjects. Relationship with sphincter of Oddi function and diagnostic value

Dig Dis Sci. 1994 Sep;39(9):1985-93. doi: 10.1007/BF02088136.


The hepatic hilum-duodenum transit time (HHDT) was evaluated in cholecystectomized subjects to assess its relationship with the motor function of the sphincter of Oddi (SO) and its diagnostic accuracy in the detection of SO dysfunction. The study was performed in asymptomatic controls and symptomatic patients with SO dysfunction before and after sphincterotomy. HHDT showed a direct correlation with manometric SO maximal basal pressure (r = 0.77; P < 0.001) but not with SO phasic activity. In sphincterotomized subjects HHDT did not differ from that of the asymptomatic subjects, and HHDT, which was prolonged before sphincterotomy, normalized after sphincterotomy. HHDT had a 100% specificity and an 83% sensitivity in diagnosing SO dysfunction when compared to SO manometry. In conclusion, the cholescintigraphic HHDT is mainly related to the SO maximal basal pressure, presenting an elevated specificity and a satisfactory sensitivity in the diagnosis of SO dysfunction in cholecystectomized subjects.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Bile / physiology*
  • Cholecystectomy*
  • Common Bile Duct Diseases / diagnosis
  • Duodenum / diagnostic imaging
  • Duodenum / physiology
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Liver / diagnostic imaging
  • Liver / physiology
  • Male
  • Manometry
  • Middle Aged
  • Postoperative Period
  • Radionuclide Imaging
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Sphincter of Oddi / physiology*