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Obstructive Jaundice in Polycystic Liver Disease Related to Coexisting Cholangiocarcinoma

By Spiros G. Delis, Andreas Bakoyiannis, Charikleia Triantopoulou, Kostantina Paraskeva, Kostas Athanassiou and Christos Dervenis


Although jaundice rarely complicates polycystic liver disease (PLD), secondary benign or malignant causes cannot be excluded. In a 72-year-old female who presented with increased abdominal girth, dyspnea, weight loss and jaundice, ultrasound and computed tomography confirmed the diagnosis of PLD by demonstrating large liver cysts causing extrahepatic bile duct compression. Percutaneous cyst aspiration failed to relief jaundice due to distal bile duct cholangiocarcinoma, suspected by magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) and confirmed by endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). Coexistence of PLD with distal common bile duct cholangiocarcinoma has not been reported so far

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