Scintigraphic Sign of Functional Biliary Obstruction is Pathognomic for Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction

Viktória Bertalan, Lászlo Madácsy, Lászlo Pávics, János Lonovics

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

7 Citations (Scopus)


Background/Aims: Quantitative hepatobiliary scintigraphy (QHBS) is a valuable method for the detection of a low-grade biliary obstruction in patients with suspected sphincter of Oddi (SO) dysfunction (SOD), though the relatively low specificity of this noninvasive test has been criticized. The aim of the present study was a critical assessment of the diagnostic value of glyceryl trinitrate-augmented QHBS in patients with suspected SOD. Methodology: Glyceryl trinitrate-augmented QHBS and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) was performed on 27 cholecystectomized patients with suspected SOD. Results: In 14 patients the ERCP depicted organic causes of biliary obstruction (choledocholithasis, juxtapapillary diverticulum, Vater papilla adenoma and common bile duct stenosis). In 12 of the 13 patients with inconclusive ERCP, endoscopic SO manometry demonstrated an elevated SO basal pressure. In patients with manometrically confirmed SOD, glyceryl trinitrate administration significantly increased the radioactive bile transit into the duodenum and normalized the QHBS parameters. In contrast, the 14 patients with an organic biliary obstruction glyceryl trinitrate administration had no effect on the transpapillary bile flow. Conclusions: In conclusion, glyceryl trinitrate-augmented QHBS is a specific method in the diagnosis of SOD, proving the functional reversibility of the biliary obstruction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)76-81
Number of pages6
Issue number55
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2004


  • Glyceryl trinitrate
  • Nitric oxide
  • Quantitative hepatobiliary scintigraphy
  • Sphincter of Oddi dysfunction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology
  • Gastroenterology

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Scintigraphic Sign of Functional Biliary Obstruction is Pathognomic for Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this