Biliary sludge is seen on ultrasound as an amorphous echogenic material, which slowly moves to the dependent part. Endoscopic ultrasound has a sensitivity of 96% to detect biliary sludge, and the appearance is similar to that seen on transabdominal ultrasound. Other entities which can have a similar appearance include blood, pus, necrotic debris, and multiple small stones. This case represents a unique finding on endoscopic ultrasound of an echogenic image in CBD, mimicking biliary sludge.
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Soni, A., Nagpal, S. & Mittal, A. Endoscopic Ultrasound in Biliary Colic. Indian J Surg (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12262-020-02509-z
- Endoscopic ultrasound
- Biliary sludge
- Idiopathic pancreatitis