Diagnostic Test Accuracy Protocol

Tests for diagnosis of common bile duct stones

  1. Vanja Giljaca1,
  2. Kurinchi Selvan Gurusamy2,*,
  3. Jessica Vaughan2,
  4. Davor Stimac1,
  5. Brian R Davidson2

Editorial Group: Cochrane Hepato-Biliary Group

Published Online: 31 JAN 2013

DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010339

How to Cite

Giljaca V, Gurusamy KS, Vaughan J, Stimac D, Davidson BR. Tests for diagnosis of common bile duct stones (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013, Issue 1. Art. No.: CD010339. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010339.

Author Information

  1. 1

    Clinical Hospital Centre Rijeka, Department of Gastroenterology, Rijeka, Croatia

  2. 2

    Royal Free Campus, UCL Medical School, Department of Surgery, London, UK

*Kurinchi Selvan Gurusamy, Department of Surgery, Royal Free Campus, UCL Medical School, Royal Free Hospital,, Pond Street, London, NW3 2QG, UK. kurinchi2k@hotmail.com.

Publication History

  1. Publication Status: New
  2. Published Online: 31 JAN 2013




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  2. Abstract

This is the protocol for a review and there is no abstract. The objectives are as follows:

To determine and compare the accuracy of different tests for the diagnosis of common bile duct stones in each of the three steps of the diagnostic pathway, as described in Figure 1, in terms of sensitivity and specificity. We plan to compare the two tests from each step of the diagnostic pathway in a separate review, that is, liver function tests versus abdominal ultrasound, endoscopic ultrasound versus MRCP, and ERCP versus intraoperative cholangiography. This is a generic protocol for these three reviews.

The secondary objective of this review is to investigate the variation of the test accuracy according to the various sources of heterogeneity mentioned in the section 'Investigation of sources of heterogeneity'.