Cholestasis

  • Alternative Names

    Intrahepatic cholestasis; Extrahepatic cholestasis


    Treatment

    The underlying cause of cholestasis must be treated.


    Support Groups


    Expectations (prognosis)

    How well a person does depends on the disease causing the condition. Stones in the common bile duct usually can be removed, curing the cholestasis.

    Stents can be placed to open areas of the common bile duct that are narrowed or blocked by cancers.


    Complications
    • Diarrhea
    • Organ failure can occur if sepsis develops
    • Poor absorption of fat and fat-soluble vitamins
    • Severe itching
    • Weak bones (osteomalacia) and osteoporosis (due to very long-term cholestasis)

    Calling your health care provider

    Call your health care provider if you have:

    • Persistent itching
    • Yellow skin or eyes
    • Other symptoms of cholestasis