How can mortality rates for acute cholangitis be reduced?

Updated: Dec 29, 2017
  • Author: Timothy M Scott, DO; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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Increased mortality is observed in patients with hypotension, acute renal failure, liver abscess, cirrhosis, high malignant strictures, female gender, and advanced age. Therefore, consider decompression earlier for these patients. Patients with malignant obstruction usually do not respond to antibiotics (59% compared to 85%).


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