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Abdom Imaging. 2010 Jun;35(3):367-71. doi: 10.1007/s00261-009-9514-y. Epub 2009 Apr 29.

Orally administered lemon/orange juice improved MRCP imaging of pancreatic ducts.

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Department of General Surgery, First Affiliated Hospital of China Medical University, Shenyang, Liaoning Province, China.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The aim of this study was to determine the effectiveness of oral administration of lemon/orange juice in improving the visualization of pancreatic ducts on MRCP.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

MRCP images were generated before and at every 15 min for 90 min after oral administration of lemon/orange juice in a dose of 2 ml/kg in 20 volunteers and 26 patients. The pre- and post-administration images were compared and analyzed qualitatively and quantitatively.

RESULTS:

In 20 volunteers and 26 patients, the visualization at pancreatic duct of head, body, tail, accessory pancreatic duct, and branch duct was improved after juice administration. The diameter of pancreatic ducts was augmented, and the differences in the mean values before and after oral juice were highly significant at both sites in volunteers and patients (P < 0.01). In 20 volunteers and 26 patients, after juice administration, the best visualization of the pancreatic duct was achieved at (58.98 +/- 14.96) min and (59.41 +/- 13.79) min, respectively, and the overlap imaging of oral juice was especially observed at (42.86 +/- 10.92) min and (41.63 +/- 9.32) min, respectively.

CONCLUSIONS:

Orally lemon/orange juice is an effective method to improve MRCP imaging of pancreatic ducts. The lemon/orange juice should be administered at 60 min prior to MRCP.

PMID:
19404562
DOI:
10.1007/s00261-009-9514-y
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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