Hepatobiliary Infections

Hepatobiliary Infections is a topic covered in the Washington Manual of Medical Therapeutics.

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General Principles

  • Acute cholecystitis is associated with cholelithiasis and is caused by intestinal flora including E. coli, Klebsiella, Enterobacter, etc. Acalculous cholecystitis occurs in 5%–10% of cases.
  • Ascending cholangitis is a fulminant infectious complication of an obstructed common bile duct, often following pancreatitis or cholecystitis.

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General Principles

  • Acute cholecystitis is associated with cholelithiasis and is caused by intestinal flora including E. coli, Klebsiella, Enterobacter, etc. Acalculous cholecystitis occurs in 5%–10% of cases.
  • Ascending cholangitis is a fulminant infectious complication of an obstructed common bile duct, often following pancreatitis or cholecystitis.

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