ISIDORE FEDER, M.D.
The sphincter of Oddi (sphincter choledochus) serves an important function in the regulation of the normal flow of bile from the liver into the duodenum. Recent clinical and laboratory studies have emphasized the rôle that the sphincter plays in causing pain when its normal function is disturbed. Spasm of the sphincter may produce sudden obstruction of the choledochus with a marked increase in intraductal pressure. This condition may be responsible for the initiation of attacks of severe biliary colic. Such a case is herein reported. The relevant literature is briefly reviewed.
Schwegler and Boyden1, 2 have shown by their fine
FEDER I. SPASM OF THE SPHINCTER OF ODDI; REPORT OF A CASE1. Ann Intern Med. 1939;12:2022–2031. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-12-12-2022
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1939;12(12):2022-2031.
Biliary Disorders, Gastroenterology/Hepatology.
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