Journal article

Acute cholangitis: current concepts

David Lan Cheong Wah, Christopher Christophi, Vijayaragavan Muralidharan

ANZ Journal of Surgery | WILEY | Published : 2017

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Acute cholangitis, also known as ascending cholangitis, is a life-threatening systemic condition that results from a biliary tree infection and obstruction. Severe acute cholangitis was reported to have a mortality rate between 11 and 27% in the 1990s. This article is a literature review about acute cholangitis. Its aim is to review the latest literature about acute cholangitis and to discuss its pathogenesis, clinical presentation, diagnosis, prognosis, risk factors and treatment. METHODS: Ovid Medline and PubMed database searches were performed for articles about acute cholangitis published in English from 1877 to 2016. The keyword search headings included 'acute', 'ascending' ..

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