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Cholangitis pathway

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Ascending cholangitis must be considered in any patient who has had liver surgery, particularly a Kasai portoenterostomy or liver transplant, or other biliary pathology (Primary Biliary Cirrhosis, Carolis) and who presents with pyrexia >38˚C without apparent cause. It should also be considered in patients with unexplained fever with other cholangiopathies. It can occur as a complication of a choledochal cyst (although rare). Patients should receive treatment as per the protocol below and always be discussed with the gastroenterology consultant on-call within 24 hours

Editorial Information

Last reviewed: 09 January 2017

Next review: 09 January 2021

Author(s): West of Scotland Paediatric Gastroenterology Hepatology & Nutrition Network

Version: 2

Approved By: WoSPGHaN