Sclerosing Cholangitis is a disease of the bile ducts, which carry the digestive liquid bile from the liver to the small intestine. In Sclerosing Cholangitis, inflammation causes scars within the bile ducts and these scars make the duct hard and narrow and eventually cause serious liver damage. Some of the common symptoms of Sclerosing Cholangitis include fatigue, itching, night sweats, weight loss and enlarged liver, among others.
HOW IS SCLEROSING CHOLANGITIS DIAGNOSED?
The tests and procedures to diagnose the condition include liver function test, MRI of the bile duct, x-rays of the bile duct and liver biopsy. However, a general physician may suspect the condition from blood tests that were conducted for any unrelated condition.
HOW IS SCLEROSING CHOLANGITIS TREATED?
A combination of medications is given to treat Sclerosing Cholangitis. Surgical procedures like endoscopic balloon dilation of to treat narrowed bile ducts
DID YOU KNOW?
The cause of Sclerosing Cholangitis is usually unknown