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Hepatic scintigraphy in management of infants and children with liver disease.
  1. A L Smith,
  2. A P Mowat,
  3. R Williams


    Scintiscans of liver and spleen using technetium 99m sulphur colloid in 15 infants with extrahepatic biliary atresia and 11 infants with severe obstructive jaundice (7 with genetic deficiency of alpha 1-antitrypsin) showed similar hepatic size, pattern of isotope uptake, and splenic abnormality with no distinguishing features. In 37 older children with a variety of liver disorders, the scan was invaluable in showing filling defects in five instances. Selenomethionine was taken up not only by the two filling defects due to hepatoblastoma but also in a haemangioendothelioma. In the remaining patiens liver scanning confirmed hepatic abnormality and the necessity for more specific invasive diagnostic investigations.

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