What is the role of common bile duct (CBD) stones in the etiology of acute cholangitis?

Updated: Dec 29, 2017
  • Author: Timothy M Scott, DO; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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CBD stones predispose patients to cholangitis. Approximately 10-15% of patients with cholecystitis have CBD stones.

Approximately 1% of patients post cholecystectomy have retained CBD stones. Most CBD stones are immediately symptomatic, while some remain asymptomatic for years.

Some CBD stones are formed primarily rather than secondarily to gallstones.


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