CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Indian J Radiol Imaging 2015; 25(02): 184-192
DOI: 10.4103/0971-3026.155871
Abdominal Radiology

Hilar cholangiocarcinoma: Cross sectional evaluation of disease spectrum

Mangal S Mahajan
Department of Radiology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Center, Cochin, Kerala, India
Srikanth Moorthy
Department of Radiology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Center, Cochin, Kerala, India
Sreekumar P Karumathil
Department of Radiology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Center, Cochin, Kerala, India
R Rajeshkannan
Department of Radiology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Center, Cochin, Kerala, India
Ramchandran Pothera
Department of Radiology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Center, Cochin, Kerala, India
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Although hilar cholangiocarcinoma is relatively rare, it can be diagnosed on imaging by identifying its typical pattern. In most cases, the tumor appears to be centered on the right or left hepatic duct with involvement of the ipsilateral portal vein, atrophy of hepatic lobe on that side, and invasion of adjacent liver parenchyma. Multi-detector computed tomography (MDCT) and magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) are commonly used imaging modalities to assess the longitudinal and horizontal spread of tumor.

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Publication Date:
30 July 2021 (online)

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