Recurrent pyogenic cholangitis or 'oriental cholangiohepatitis' in occidentals

Case reports of four patients

Michael K. Wilson, Michael S. Stephen*, Manu Mathur, Donald Sheldon, David Storey

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The first description of recurrent pyogenic cholangitis occurring in four occidentals is presented. While recurrent pyogenic cholangitis is a common syndrome of uncertain aetiology among orientals (also known as oriental cholangiohepatitis), it has not previously been described in occidentals. Four such patients are described. They presented with recurrent attacks of ascending cholangitis and associated hepatolithiasis, biliary stricturing and dilatation. Focal hepatic involvement was treated by segmental liver resection and recurrent disease by interventional endoscopy or radiology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)649-652
Number of pages4
JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • Bile ducts
  • Cholangitis
  • Hepatitis
  • Liver calculi

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