Ultrasonography in Jaundice

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To the editor: The paper by Lapis and colleagues (Ann Intern Med 89:61–63, 1978) gave rise to considerable concern among our referring physicians, since our experience with ultrasound in the jaundiced patient during the past 5 years has led us to totally different results and conclusions (1, 2), results that have been substantiated by many other independent groups (3, 4). Lapis and associates cause considerable confusion with their terminology for different parts of the biliary tree: They use the term bile ducts and hepatic ducts to refer to the common bile duct, the right, left, and common hepatic ducts, and

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