Cross-Sectional Imaging of Acute and Chronic Gallbladder Inflammatory Disease

Authors: Ethan A. Smith1, Jonathan R. Dillman1, Khaled M. Elsayes1, Christine O. Menias2 and Ronald O. Bude1

1 Department of Radiology, University of Michigan Health System, 1500 E Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5030.
2 Department of Radiology, Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, St. Louis, MO.

OBJECTIVE: Hydatid involvement of the kidney accounts for only 2-4% of all cases of hydatid disease. The purpose of this article is to review the imaging features of hydatid disease of the kidney and thus show the role of radiography, excretory urography, sonography, CT, and MRI in the diagnosis of hydatidosis.

CONCLUSION: The radiologist should be familiar with the imaging findings of hydatid disease because early diagnosis is important for more appropriate treatment.