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Biliary Infections

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Abstract

Biliary infection or acute cholangitis is defined as bacterial infection of the bile ducts. In approximately a quarter to two thirds of cases, it is characterized clinically by Charcot’s triad (right upper quadrant abdominal pain, fever, and jaundice). Although cholangitis is usually associated with obstruction of the biliary system, this alone is insufficient as infection of the biliary tract is a requisite to precipitate cholangitis. Early ERCP is important in the management of these patients, regardless of the etiology of cholangitis.

Keywords

Biliary infection Acute cholangitis Bacterial infection Bile duct Charcot’s triad Cholangitis 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Asian Institute of GastroenterologyHyderabadIndia
  2. 2.Center for Interventional EndoscopyFlorida HospitalOrlandoUSA

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