bronchobiliary fistula

bron·cho·bil·i·ar·y fis·tu·la

communication between a bronchus and the biliary system, for example, after a ruptured hepatic abscess.

bronchobiliary fistula

A fistula that develops between bile tract and the upper airways, which may be caused by liver surgery or hydatid disease, clinically characterised by bile “spotting” in the sputum. It is detected by thoracic and upper abdominal CTs. Surgical management entails thoracotomy and excision of the fistulous tract.
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The patient was evaluated for a bronchobiliary fistula with computed tomography (CT) scan of the chest and abdomen (Figures 1, 2), and a dimethyl iminodiacetic acid (HIDA) scan (Figure 3).
The patient was diagnosed with bronchobiliary fistula, and she went to operation.
The common causes of bronchobiliary fistula are rupture of a hydatid cyst or erosion of an abscess through the diaphragm.
Physicians should have a high index of suspicion of bronchobiliary fistula in patients presenting after hepatic intervention with cough and yellow-green sputum that is not ameliorated with antibiotics.
Rarer presentations of right-sided CDH include superior vena cava syndrome and congenital bronchobiliary fistula.