US-guided gallbladder aspiration: a new diagnostic method for biliary fascioliasis

Kabaalioglu A., Apaydm A., Sindel T., Luleci E.

EUROPEAN RADIOLOGY, vol.9, no.5, pp.880-882, 1999 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 9 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 1999
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s003300050759
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.880-882
  • Keywords: fascioliasis, gallbladder, US, percutaneous intervention
  • Akdeniz University Affiliated: Yes


Fasciola hepatica is a trematode which is found worldwide. The diagnosis is usually delayed because the disease is relatively rare and the parasite or its eggs must be shown in bile samples for verification. We report three cases in which the diagnosis of fascioliasis was established by simple US-guided aspiration of the gallbladder. This new diagnostic method less invasive, safe, and easy compared with the conventional endoscopic methods.