Cholangitis

  • Symptoms

    The following symptoms may occur:

    • Abdominal pain
      • In the right upper side or middle of the upper abdomen
      • May come and go
      • Pain is sharp, crampy, or dull
      • Pain may move to the back or below the right shoulder blade
    • Chills
    • Fever
    • Clay-colored stools
    • Dark urine
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Yellowing of the skin (jaundice) -- may come and go

    Signs and tests

    Tests may include:

    • Abdominal ultrasound
    • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
    • Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP)
    • Percutaneous transhepatic cholangiogram (PTCA)

    The following blood tests may be done:

    • Bilirubin level
    • Liver enzyme levels
    • Liver function tests
    • White blood count (WBC)