Obstructive jaundice and cholangitis

Thomas G. Wilson

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The most serious complications of gallstone disease occur when the bile duct is affected by stone disease. Stones that migrate to the bile duct carry the risk of causing biliary obstruction with the potentially more serious complications of acute biliary pancreatitis (Chap. 8) and cholangitis. Between 10% and 18% of patients having cholecystectomy for gallstones will be found to have bile duct stones [1]. However, many patients with bile duct stones are asymptomatic. In these patients pre-operative findings of abnormal liver function tests or a dilated bile duct on ultrasound may be the only clue that duct stones are present (Chap. 6).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Management of Gallstone Disease
Subtitle of host publicationA Practical and Evidence-Based Approach
EditorsMichael R. Cox, Guy D. Eslick , Robert Padbury
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9783319638843
ISBN (Print)9783319638829
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Gallstone disease
  • biliary obstruction
  • bile duct stones


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