focused biliary assessment ultrasound - cholecystitis

Have trouble finding the common bile duct? What’s the normal thickness of the gallbladder wall? What are common pitfalls in imaging the gallbladder? This is a great Paucis Verbis (PV)/ALiEM card on focused biliary assessment using ultrasound, courtesy of Drs. John Eicken and Mike Stone.

PV Card: Focused Biliary Assessment Ultrasound


Adapted from [1, 2] Go to ALiEM (PV) Cards for more resources.

References

  1. Blaivas M, Harwood R, Lambert M. Decreasing length of stay with emergency ultrasound examination of the gallbladder. Acad Emerg Med. 1999;6(10):1020-1023. [PubMed
  2. Summers S, Scruggs W, Menchine M, et al. A prospective evaluation of emergency department bedside ultrasonography for the detection of acute cholecystitis. Ann Emerg Med. 2010;56(2):114-122. [PubMed]
Scott Kobner
Medical Student
New York University School of Medicine
2014-15 ALiEM-EMRA Social Media and Digital Scholarship Fellow
Scott Kobner

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Chief Resident at LAC+USC Department of Emergency Medicine. I like learning stuff, teaching stuff, and the doctoring part of medicine.