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Eosinophilic cholangitis: a self-limited cause of extrahepatic biliary obstruction.

Authors
  • Rosengart, T K1
  • Rotterdam, H
  • Ranson, J H
  • 1 Department of Surgery, New York University Medical Center, New York.
Type
Published Article
Journal
The American journal of gastroenterology
Publication Date
May 01, 1990
Volume
85
Issue
5
Pages
582–585
Identifiers
PMID: 2337061
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The first case of eosinophilic cholecystitis with radiographically documented biliary tract obstruction is presented. Differences between eosinophilic cholecystitis with and without obstruction in terms of gender predilection and the incidence of associated cholelithiasis suggest these may be two distinct disease processes. The dense eosinophilic infiltration of the porta hepatis seen in the present case has led us to believe that extrahepatic obstruction was due to "eosinophilic cholangitis." The self-limited nature of eosinophilic cholangitis makes it an essential consideration in the evaluation of presumed neoplasms of the porta hepatis.

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