Postchemoembolization liver abscess findings on hepatobiliary scintigraphy

Scott T. Williams, Sherif I. Heiba, Brian P. Whooley, Gina A. Ciavarra, Hussein M. Abdel-Dayem

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We describe a 41-year-old man with a 1-week history of nausea and vomiting 1 month after chemoembolization of a liver metastasis. The patient subsequently became febrile and developed right upper quadrant abdominal and midback pain. Findings of initial laboratory and imaging studies (a noncontrast computed tomographic [CT] scan and ultrasound) were not remarkable. Hepatobiliary scintigraphy, performed to rule out cholecystitis, revealed an abnormal area in the right lobe of the liver consistent with a focal bile leak into an abscess cavity. The patient was subsequently treated for liver abscess. In conclusion, hepatobiliary scintigraphy should be considered as a first-line test in the work-up of patients whenever a postchemoembolization complication is considered likely.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-182
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Nuclear Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Chemoembolization
  • Hepatobiliary Scintigraphy
  • Liver Abscess


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