Background/Aims: This study aims at describing the natural history and outcome of small duct primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC). Methods: Thirty-two patients with small duct PSC were studied. The average time taken for diagnosis was 69 (1-168) months. The median follow-up time was 63 (1-194) months. Results: All patients including one who underwent liver transplantation because of end-stage liver disease and hepatocellular carcinoma were alive at follow-up. None developed cholangiocarcinoma. In 27 patients repeated cholangiographic examinations were done after a median time of 72 (12-192) months from first ERCP. Four developed features of large duct PSC. Conclusions: Small duct PSC rarely progresses to large bile duct PSC and it seems to have a benign course in most patients and no development of cholangiocarcinoma was found. (C) 2002 European Association for the Study of the Liver. Published by Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
|Journal||Journal of Hepatology|
|Publication status||Published - 2002|
Subject classification (UKÄ)
- Gastroenterology and Hepatology
- natural history
- ulcerative colitis
- liver transplantation