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Is cholangitis painful?

Is cholangitis painful?

Usually: Cholangitis is bile duct inflammation usually occurring secondary to bile duct obstruction from stones. Bacteria in the bile duct are readily absorbed into the bloodstream from the liver and lead to serious infections. Classic findings are right upper abdominal pain (not unlike a gallbladder attack), fever, and jaundice. Some people are so ill that they are lethargic and have no pain complaints. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Ingerman
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Cholangitis (Definition)

It is an infection of the bile ducts. Usually there is an obstruction of the bile ducts. Most commonly this is caused by a gallstone, although there are other rarer causes. It can be life threatening. If you have pain in your right upper quadrant, a fever and are jaundiced, ...Read more


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What exactly is cholangitis?

What exactly is cholangitis?

Bile Duct Infection: Ascending cholangitis describes an infection in the bile duct, usually secondary to obstruction. Common causes include bile duct stones, strictures, or tumors. These infections can be very serious because bacteria readily enter the bloodstream from the liver. Rx includes antibiotics +/-relief of the obstruction via endoscopy (ercp). ***sclerosing cholangitis is an unrelated inflammatory dz***. ...Read more

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What are the tests for cholangitis?

What are the tests for cholangitis?

Labs, U/S, ERCP: Classic findings include jaundice, right upper abd pain, and fever. Ultrasound may show dilitation of the bile duct +/- (the often-offending) gallstones. Endoscopy. (ERCP) may identify the bile duct obstruction and rx it via stone extraction +/- stenting. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is cholangitis?

What sort of disease is cholangitis?

Inflamed bile ducts: Cholangitis can be caused by bile duct inflammation from infections, blockage of ducts by stones, rarely by strictures (benign or from cancer), it is also seen in patients with ulcerative colitis as primary sclerosing cholangitis. The treatment depends on the condition causing cholangitis. ...Read more

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What do you recommend for cholangitis?

What do you recommend for cholangitis?

What kind?: Cholangitis (bile duct infection) from a gallstone that got stuck along the way is a serious, acute problem. Rx involves antibiotics and removal of the stone (often with a special endoscopy procedure-ercp), and/or surgery. Sclerosing cholangitis is a different thing altogether. Chronic, autoimmune, inflammatory bile duct condition, often assoc with inflam bowel. Difficult issue. See GI specialist. ...Read more

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So what are the symptoms of cholangitis?

Pain, Fever, Jaundice: Cholangitis is an infection in the bile ducts that occurs with blockage of the bile duct, typically due to stones, tumors, or strictures of the ducts. Bacteria rapidly enter the bloodstream from the liver, causing serious infections. Treatment centers on IV antibiotics, aggressive supportive care, and, occasionally, relief of the blockage (typically performed by gastroenterologists via ercp). ...Read more

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What's a natural way to treat cholangitis?

What's a natural way to treat cholangitis?

Cholangitis: Dependig on the cause, antibiotics are a natural way to treat it. Possibly other intervention is needed including gastroenterology involvement. ...Read more

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What are the common symptoms of cholangitis?

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). ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of oriental cholangitis?

What are the symptoms of oriental cholangitis?

Jaundice: Episodes of right upper abdominal pains fever jaundice due to recurrent infection of bile ducts. Pigmented stones are formed in the liver ducts. ...Read more

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Are some people more prone to getting cholangitis?

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. ...Read more

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Which groups are most likely to develop cholangitis?

Several: Post cholecystectomy with bile stasis or slow drainage
obstructed common duct or pancreatic duct
biliary to bowel anastomoses. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: cholangitis?

What is the definition or description of: cholangitis?

Infection: It is an infection of the bile ducts. Usually there is an obstruction of the bile ducts. Most commonly this is caused by a gallstone, although there are other rarer causes. It can be life threatening. If you have pain in your right upper quadrant, a fever and are jaundiced, get medical attention immediately! ...Read more

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What's sclerosing cholangitis?

See below: Complicated for a short answer here. See this site........http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/primary-sclerosing-cholangitis/. ...Read more

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Does cholangitis cause thrombosis?

Sort of: Any inflammatory state increases your risk of thrombosis, but it doesn't directly cause it. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of sclerosing cholangitis?

Fatigue, etc.: Most people with sclerosing cholangitis are diagnosed based on routine laboratory abnormalities, often without any symptoms. As liver dysfunction progresses, common symptoms include fatigue, jaundice, itching, diarrhea, and (fat-soluble) vitamin deficiency. ...Read more

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What do you recommend for sclerosing cholangitis?

Management of SC: The goal of managing acute attacks is antibiotics and IV fluids. In about 15%, emergency decompression or surgery is needed. Prevention of future attacks of cholangitis is based on removing biliary stones and debris, dilation or resection of strictures, and establishing optimal biliary drainage. Also important to rule out the clonorchis parasite. Your GI doctor can discuss newest treatments. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are some nursing diagnoses for cholangitis?

Not sure of question: There are several causes of cholangitis, bacterial and autoimmune. Bacterial cholangitis has several causes, ascending infection caused by blockage from stones (choledocholithiasis), malignancy or iatrogenic. This is because bacteria grow in the stagnant bile upstream of the blockage and cause biliary sepsis. Autoimmune cholangitis also includes primary sclerosing cholangitis. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: sclerosing cholangitis?

What is the definition or description of: sclerosing cholangitis?

Inflammation: It is an inflammatory condition of the main bile duct that drains bile from the liver. It is important to follow with an experienced gastroenterologist because untreated, the condition can lead to liver failure. ...Read more

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What are all the long-term complications of sclerosing cholangitis?

Liver Failure: Psc (primary sclerosing cholangitis) is a progressive liver disorder that inevitably leads to liver failure. Affected people are potential candidates for liver transplantation, provided that there is no associated cancer present. ...Read more

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What kind of doctor sees somebody for sclerosing cholangitis?

Gastroenterologist: Your regular doctor can make the initial diagnosis but you probably want to be followed by a gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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Will sclerosing cholangitis kill me?

PSC is progressive: You do not state whether your sclerosing cholangitis (sc) is primary or secondary, primary sc is an autoimmune disorder where the bile ducts become inflamed, leading to blockage of bile flow leading to liver damage. Secondary sc is due to other type of bile duct injury, but blockage leads to liver damage. Psc is progressive, ssc can only be treated if the blockage is relieved. See a hematologist. ...Read more

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Is primary sclerosing cholangitis rare?

Is primary sclerosing cholangitis rare?

Yes: The goal of managing acute attacks is antibiotics and IV fluids. In about 15%, emergency decompression or surgery is needed. Prevention of future attacks of cholangitis is based on removing biliary stones and debris, dilation or resection of strictures, and establishing optimal biliary drainage. Also important to rule out the clonorchis parasite. Your GI doctor can discuss newest treatments. ...Read more

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How can I treat primary sclerosing cholangitis?

How can I treat primary sclerosing cholangitis?

Difficult problem: Psc: autoimmune swelling/scarring of bile ducts within and outside the liver; often associated with infl. Bowel (usually ulc colitis). Increased risk for biliary ca. Med rx for itch, biochem abnormalities, e.g. Urso (bear bile), antihistamines, antibiotics for infections, vitamin supllements for deficiencies. Ercp procedure may open some strictures (narrowing). Ultimately, may need liver transpla. ...Read more

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Primary sclerosing cholangitis, what is this like??

Bile duct obstructio: Idiopathic (probably autoimmune) progressive scarring and narrowing of the bile ducts.
May need surgical intervention or transplant
This reference may help: http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/primary-sclerosing-cholangitis/basics/definition/CON-20029446 ...Read more

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Could you explain what is primary sclerosing cholangitis?

Bile duct scarring: Primary sclerosing cholangitis (psc) is an inflammatory disease of the bile ducts that causes scarring and subsequent obstruction of bile ducts inside and/or outside the liver. This blocks the flow of bile to the gut, which can ultimately lead to cirrhosis of the liver. The underlying cause of psc is not entirely known, but believed to be an auto-immune disorder with a strong association with uc. ...Read more