What is the prevalence of acute cholangitis in the US?

Updated: Dec 29, 2017
  • Author: Timothy M Scott, DO; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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Cholangitis is relatively uncommon. It occurs in association with other diseases that cause biliary obstruction and bactibilia (eg, after endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography [ERCP], 1-3% of patients develop cholangitis). Risk is increased if dye is injected retrograde.


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