Type IV-a choledocal cyst - A rare adolescent presentation as acute abdomen

Ramadass Satya, Vani Vijayakumar

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A 17-year-old adolescent girl from El Salvador presented to the emergency room (ER) with severe abdominal pain associated with one episode of nausea and vomiting. The pain that started 5 days earlier was sharp in nature and epigastric in location with radiation to back and was relieved by half a tablet of Vicodin. The patient has a history of intermittent epigastric pain for the past 2 years and was treated for Helicobacter pylori for 1 year. In the ER, the serum chemistry demonstrated elevated amylase. Further workup with abdominal ultrasonography (US), computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP), and hepatobiliary scintigraphy confirmed a type IV-a choledocal cyst with intra- and extrahepatic dilation of bile ducts. We report an unusual acute abdomen presentation of type IV-a choledochal cyst in a 17-year-old young adult from El Salvador.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-41
Number of pages3
JournalEmergency Radiology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Adolescence
  • CT
  • Hepatobiliary scan
  • MRCP
  • Type IV-a choledocal cyst

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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