When are imaging studies indicated in liver transplant patients?

Updated: Dec 31, 2017
  • Author: Lemi Luu, MD, RDMS, FACEP, FAAEM; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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Radiographs are obtained for routine indications. Fever, cough, dyspnea, or abnormalities on chest examination should prompt a chest radiograph since pneumonia can present with only mild symptoms. Other studies such as abdominal ultrasonography, CT scan, or endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography may need to be performed, and consultation with a transplant surgeon or gastroenterologist is recommended.


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