Cholestasis is bile formation and/or bile flow impairment that manifests as fatigue, pruritus and jaundice.
It can be classified into intrahepatic or extrahepatic cholestasis.
Extrahepatic cholestasis develops from mechanical blockage in the duct system or hepatocellular defects.
Intrahepatic cholestasis may be due to functional defects hepatocellularly or from obstructive lesions of the intrahepatic biliary tract distal from the bile canaliculi.

Follow Up

  • In patients with PSC, suspect cholangiocarcinoma if with weight loss, worsening cholestasis, elevated serum level of CA 19-9, and/or new or progressive stricture, especially with an enhancing mass lesion 
  • Follow-up in ICP patients should be long enough to ensure a normalization of LFTs, and it is reasonable to check LFTs at 6 weeks
    • If after 6 months there is no improvement, further specialist input will be required 
  • ICP should settle spontaneously following delivery
  • The outcome of drug-induced cholestasis after withdrawal of the drug is generally good and few patients who develop DILI show abnormal liver tests and persistent histological evidence of liver damage at follow-up
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