What is the role of leukocytosis and bilirubin in determining the prognosis 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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Schwed et al indicate that leukocytosis greater than 20,000 cells/μL and total bilirubin level above 10 mg/dL, but not timing of ERCP, are independent prognostic factors for adverse outcomes. [9] In a separate study, Tabibian et al did not find adverse outcomes from weekend admission and weekend endoscopic retrograde cholangiography (ERC) on patients with acute cholangitis admitted to a tertiary care center. [10]

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