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do doctors see a lot of patients with cholangitis?

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Dr. J. patrick Tokarz
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Yes: We don't always recognize the problem however, .

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Which groups are most likely to develop cholangitis?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Obstructed bile duct: Cholangitis is an infection of the bile duct that connects the liver to the intestine. These are serious infections since the infection can easily spread to the liver and the bloodstream, causing sepsis. This is almost always due to blockage of the bile duct, typically due to a stone or tumor. The combination of pain, fever, and jaundice are the most common symptoms.
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What some of the complications of cholangitis?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Sepsis: Bacteria within the bile duct, which occurs with cholangitis, may easily enter the liver and bloodstream, leading to a systemic infection (sepsis). Occasionally, a liver abscess can form; more rarely, this can lead to liver failure.
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What are the common symptoms of cholangitis ?

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Dr. Michael Zadeh
General Surgery 17 years experience
Fever,Pain, Jaundice: The three classic signs of cholangitis are referred to as charcot's triad and consist of pain in the upper right side of the abdomen, fever, and jaundice (yellowing of the skin).
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What sort of disease is cholangitis?

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Dr. Michael Zadeh
General Surgery 17 years experience
Charcot's Triad: Cholangitis is an infectious inflammation of the bile circulation which in turn results in inflammation of the liver. The hallmark signs of cholangitis are known as "charcot's triad" and include: right upper quadrant abdominal pain, fever, and jaundice (yellowing of the skin). Cholangitis can be fatal if left untreated.
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Are some people more prone to getting cholangitis?

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Dr. Jennifer Anyaegbunam
Dr. Jennifer Anyaegbunamanswered
General Practice 7 years experience
Yes: Cholangitis is an infection of the common bile duct, the tube that carries bile from the liver to the gallbladder and intestines. This infection occurs more commonly in women than men. The onset is usually after age 55. Individuals who are at greater risk are those who have previously suffered from gallstones.

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