Gastrointestinal disorders of the critically ill. Biliary sludge and cholecystitis.


Biliary sludge develops commonly in critically ill patients and may be associated with biliary colic, acute pancreatitis or acute cholecystitis. Sludge often resolves upon resolution of the underlying pathogenetic factor. It is generally diagnosed on sonography. Treatment of sludge itself is unnecessary unless further complications develop. Acute acalculous… (More)


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