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Sclerosing Cholangitis

Sclerosing Cholangitis: Introduction

Scarring and hardening (sclerosis) of bile duct tissues due to a bile duct inflammation (cholangitis). This hardening can damage and block the bile duct, reducing the flow of bile out of the liver. If the blockage is severe, bile backs up into the liver and causes liver damage. The condition progresses slowly and it may be many years or decades before liver failure finally occurs. The condition is more prevalent in men and seems to have genetic and immune system origins. ...more »

Symptoms of Sclerosing Cholangitis

  • Fluctuating course of: yellow discolouration of skin and eyes (jaundice)
  • Itchy skin (pruritus) and right upper abdominal pain
  • Severe intermittent colicky abdominal pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • more symptoms...»

Treatments for Sclerosing Cholangitis

  • Antibiotics if cholecystitis (infection of the gall bladder)
  • Surgery - stent placement at stricture
  • Liver transplantation
  • Liver transplantation is the only definitive treatment for sclerosing cholangitis. Other treatments are aimed at managing symptoms. Treatments include:
    • Avoidance of alcohol and medications that may worsen hepatic function, or rely on the liver for metabolism
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Sclerosing Cholangitis is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Sclerosing Cholangitis, or a subtype of Sclerosing Cholangitis, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

 

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