What is included in supportive care for choledochal cysts?

Updated: Jul 01, 2020
  • Author: Emily Tommolino, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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No medical therapy specifically targets the etiology of choledochal cysts, nor is any drug or any type of nonsurgical modality curative. Patients with choledochal cysts who present at a late stage (ie, after the development of advanced cirrhosis and portal hypertension) may not be good candidates for surgery because of the prohibitive morbidity and mortality associated with these comorbid conditions.

Patients who present with cholangitis should be treated with broad-spectrum antibiotic therapy directed against common biliary pathogens, such as Escherichia coli and Klebsiella species, in addition to other supportive measures, such as volume resuscitation.

See Treatment for more detail.


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