Angiocholitis - Definition

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Angiocholitis indicates an inflammation of the bile ducts and the bile. It is generally due to an infection of the bile by bacteria from the digestive tract following a major obstruction of the bile ducts caused by a stone. It is suspected in the presence of a high fever and shivers and severe pain in the abdomen. After 1 or 2 days of progression, the skin turns a yellowish color and the urine is dark. If angiocholitis is suspected, an ultrasound may be performed. The risks of angiocholitis range from blood poisoning to coma. If the diagnosis is confirmed, surgical intervention must be planned.