Core EM

Episode 118.0 – Acute Cholangitis

Episode 118.0 – Acute Cholangitis

Part II of II on gallbladder disorders finishing up with acute cholangitis. Download Leave a Comment Tags: Gallbladder, Gastroenterology, General Surgery, GI Show Notes Take Home Points Cholangitis is an acute bacterial infection of the bile ducts resulting from common bile duct obstruction and is potentially life-threatening (mortality 5-10%, acute bacterial infection of the bile ducts Diagnosis is based on clinical findings and while imaging can be supportive, it is frequently non-diagnostic. Look for RUQ tenderness with peritoneal signs and fever A normal ultrasound does not rule out acute cholangitis Treatment focuses on supportive care, broad spectrum antibiotics and consultation with a provider that can provide biliary tract decompression (IR, gastroenterology or general surgery) Read More Radiopaedia: Acute cholangitis Core EM: Cholangitis Read More

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