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Arborization Patterns in Human Bile

Naturevolume 207pages637638 (1965) | Download Citation

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FERN-LIKE or coralline arborization patterns have been observed in human bile allowed to desiccate and examined microscopically. Blumenkrantz and Kohan1 call this phenomenon ‘rhythmic crystallization’, and suggest a relationship between paucity of arborization patterns and the presence of biliary lithiasis. Their work was carried out on bile obtained by duodenal intubation.

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    Blumenkrantz, N., and Kohan, S., Amer. J. Dig. Diseases, 7, 484 (1962).

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  1. Department of Surgery, Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio

    • RALPH G. DEPALMA
    •  & STANLEY LEVEY

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