When should acute cholangitis be considered in elderly persons?

Updated: Dec 29, 2017
  • Author: Timothy M Scott, DO; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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The incidence of cholangitis is higher in elderly persons, most likely due to the increased prevalence of common bile duct stones with age. As in other infections and abdominal processes, elderly patients frequently do not manifest pathology in a classic pattern. Consider cholangitis in febrile or hypotensive elderly patients.


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