- Cholangitis is defined as an infection of the biliary tree that requires prompt diagnosis and treatment.
- Most patients have fever, jaundice, and RUQ pain (Charcot's triad).
- Cholangitis can quickly become an acute, septic, life-threatening infection that requires rapid evaluation and treatment.
- The most common causes are choledocholithiasis and benign and malignant strictures.
- Antibiotics alone do not provide sufficient treatment in the majority of patients. Drainage of the biliary tree is the most critical step in management.
- If untreated, sepsis with shock, vascular collapse, multi-organ failure, and potentially death can occur.
:به روز شده بتاریخ Wed Apr 10 00:00:00 UTC 2013