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Table 1 Clinical indications for early post-cholecystectomy cross-sectional imaging

From: Early cross-sectional imaging following open and laparoscopic cholecystectomy: a primer for radiologists

Intraoperative injury (suspected, recognised by surgeon or repaired) to bile ducts, blood vessels or bowel
Persistent or worsening upper right abdominal pain
Physical signs of peritonitis (localised or diffuse)
Suspected infection/sepsis:
 - Fever
 - Increasing leukocyte count and C-reactive protein levels
Suspected haemorrhage → CT angiography
 - Dropping haemoglobin
 - Blood from drainage tube
 - Hypotension/shock
Suspected biliary injury → magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP)
 - Jaundice
 - Elevated or increasing bilirubin levels, abnormal liver function tests
 - Bile from drainage tube