Ruggero Oddi: 120 years after the description of the eponymous sphincter: A story to be remembered
Article first published online: 10 JUL 2008
© 2008 The Author. Journal compilation © 2008 Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Foundation and Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd
Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Volume 23, Issue 8pt1, pages 1200–1203, August 2008
How to Cite
Capodicasa, E. (2008), Ruggero Oddi: 120 years after the description of the eponymous sphincter: A story to be remembered. Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, 23: 1200–1203. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1746.2008.05417.x
- Issue published online: 31 JUL 2008
- Article first published online: 10 JUL 2008
- Accepted for publication 8 January 2008.
- bile ducts;
- biliary manometry;
This article presents a short account of theories, methods, and experimental data formulated and carried out 120 years ago, by Ruggero Oddi, then a 4th-year student in medicine, about the identification of the common bile duct sphincter. A historical picture emerges which leads us to think that Oddi not only discovered the bile duct sphincter, but also described bile duct dilation after cholecystectomy and performed biliary manometry for the first time. The role of serendipity and the almost unknown contribution of Arturo Marcacci, Oddi's “maestro” are also mentioned.