Multiphase multidetector CT in the diagnosis of haemobilia: a potentially catastrophic ruptured hepatic artery aneurysm complicating the treatment of a patient with locally advanced rectal cancer.

Abstract

Acute haemobilia is an unusual and potentially catastrophic cause of gastrointestinal bleeding. We describe such a case presenting as a rare complication of a hepatic artery aneurysm following the development and successful treatment of subacute bacterial endocarditis during a radical downstaging chemoradiotherapy regime for locally advanced rectal cancer. We suggest that multiphase multidetector-row CT can have an important role in the diagnosis of acute haemobilia and discuss imaging findings associated with the condition. This case raises awareness of benign conditions mimicking malignancy in oncological patients and reinforces the importance of reviewing historical imaging.

DOI: 10.1259/bjr/20779582

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@article{Mortimer2011MultiphaseMC, title={Multiphase multidetector CT in the diagnosis of haemobilia: a potentially catastrophic ruptured hepatic artery aneurysm complicating the treatment of a patient with locally advanced rectal cancer.}, author={Alex Mark Mortimer and Andrew Wallis and Andy Planner}, journal={The British journal of radiology}, year={2011}, volume={84 1001}, pages={e95-8} }