Polycystic Liver Disease: A Study of Cyst Fluid Constituents

Authors

  • Marcel Patterson,

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    1. Department of Internal Medicine, Pathology, and Radiology, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Galveston, Texas 77550
    • Marcel Patterson, M.D., Department of Internal Medicine, the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas 77550.
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  • Juan C. Gonzalez-Vitale,

    1. Department of Internal Medicine, Pathology, and Radiology, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Galveston, Texas 77550
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  • Charles J. Fagan

    1. Department of Internal Medicine, Pathology, and Radiology, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Galveston, Texas 77550
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Abstract

Cyst fluid from a patient with polycystic liver disease was obtained by needle aspiration using ultrasound guidance. The constituents of the fluid resembled the “bile salt-independent” fraction of human bile and supports the hypothesis that such cysts are lined by a functioning, secretory bile duct epithelium.

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