A 44-year-old member asked:
what leads to obstructive jaundice(distal cbd obstruction) secondary to choledocholithias with cholangitis?
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General Surgery 39 years experience
Usually a gallstone: Usually a gallstone causing obstruction of the common bile duct can cause sudden painful jaundice, sometimes with associated cholangitis (infection of the bile) This requires drainage and extraction of the stone from the common bile duct with a procedure call ERCP.
Other causes can be tumors causing obstruction, which is more often painless and gradual.
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Last updated Jun 14, 2018
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