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Dr. Thomas Inwood
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Sclerosing Cholangitis (Overview)

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.


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

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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Dr. Thomas Inwood
27 doctors shared insights

Sclerosing Cholangitis (Overview)

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.


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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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I'm a 25 year old male recently diagnosed with stage 2 primary sclerosing cholangitis. Is this a common age range for this issue?

Sorry to hear: Primary sclerosing cholangitis tends to occur more frequently in males than women and onset may be between 20-30yrs old. Sometimes it is isolated, other times it may be associated with other diseases such as ulcerative colitis. Hopefully, you are seeing a hepatologist at a local university hospital, who can discuss possible treatments w/ you. Stay positive and god carry and bless you! ...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 treatments are best?

Depends: On stage. Usually it has poor response to chronic meds, and antibiotics are used for superimposed infections in times of flare ups. ...Read more

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Whats 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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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

Dr. Austina Cho
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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