Bile Duct Strictures Differential Diagnoses

Updated: Oct 16, 2019
  • Author: William R Brugge, MD; Chief Editor: Praveen K Roy, MD, MSc  more...
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Diagnostic Considerations

Patients presenting with acute ascending cholangitis should undergo urgent biliary drainage when an appropriate response to antibiotic therapy is not achieved or when the initial presentation is severe.

Other conditions to consider in patients with suspected bile duct strictures include the following:

  • Autoimmune cholangiopathy

  • Cholestasis associated with parenteral nutrition

  • Cholestasis associated with sepsis

  • Drug-induced cholestasis

  • Postoperative jaundice

  • Primary sclerosing cholangitis

  • Primary biliary cirrhosis

Differential Diagnoses