What are the complications associated with cholangiocarcinoma (CCC)?

Updated: Dec 28, 2019
  • Author: Peter E Darwin, MD; Chief Editor: N Joseph Espat, MD, MS, FACS  more...
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Complications include the following:

  • Infection of the biliary tree (ie, cholangitis) may result from cholangiocarcinoma and subsequent obstruction of the duct.

  • Cirrhosis develops in 10-20% of patients with cholangiocarcinoma. This may be secondary biliary cirrhosis resulting from neoplastic obstruction of the bile ducts or related to underlying fibrosis from primary sclerosing cholangitis.

  • Other complications are usually the result of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.


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