How does the prevalence of acute cholangitis vary by age?

Updated: Dec 29, 2017
  • Author: Timothy M Scott, DO; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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Elderly patients are more likely to progress from asymptomatic gallstones to serious complications of gallstones and cholangitis.

Suspect cholangitis in older patients presenting with sepsis and mental status changes. Elderly patients are more prone to gallstones and CBD stones and, therefore, cholangitis.

The median age at presentation is between 50 and 60 years.


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