AIDS cholangiopathy is a biliary syndrome in patients with AIDS. This entity is diagnosed on the basis of clinical features, raised alkaline phosphatase, evidence. AIDS cholangiopathy is a well-documented biliary syndrome in severely immunocompromised AIDS patients[9]. It occurs when strictures in the. As it was suspected that the patient suffered from AIDS cholangiopathy, further laboratory studies were obtained. A stool study for Isospora ova.

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The characteristic finding on biopsy in AIDS cholangiopathy is prominent mucosal folds which indicate inflammation and edema.

In HIV cholangitis, findings of intrahepatic and extrahepatic airs ductal dilatation in the absence of external compression from malignant masses are seen commonly[ 40 ]. The two most commonly detected pathogens are Cryptosporidium and cytomegalovirus CMV. J Assoc Physicians India.

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A genetic predisposition has been postulated as pathogens may trigger an autoimmune-mediated reaction in patients with HLA DRw52a [ 8 ]. Isosporiasis in patients with HIV infection in the highly active antiretroviral therapy era in France.

It was, however, very difficult to fill up the intrahepatic ducts. Case Presentation A seventy-four-year-old Kenyan woman was admitted to the hospital with bilateral lower extremity edema. Open-Access Policy of This Article. A stool study for Isospora ova and parasites and a direct stool study for Cyclospora were negative.

The common bile duct can have a beaded or scalloped appearance. Although AIDS cholangiopathy is most commonly caused by opportunistic infections, medical treatment against C. Finally, diseases of the pancreas that involve the distal common bile duct can mimic AIDS cholangiopathy [ 21 ]. Academic Rules and Norms of This Article.

AIDS Cholangiopathy.

When a patient with AIDS presents with right upper quadrant or midepigastric pain, cholangjopathy, and symptoms of cholangitis, AIDS cholangiopathy should be suspected and appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic interventions should be initiated. Citation of this article. Ursodeoxycholic acid has a limited benefit in patients with sclerosing cholangitis and cholestasis.


In HIV-infected individuals, the presence of an echogenic nodule in the distal common bile duct may indicate AIDS cholangiopathy, as it is thought to represent edema in the papilla of Vater [ 25 ].

It has been proposed that HIV and C.

In some cases, electron microscopy may be necessary [ 620 ]. Cholanviopathy commonly seen abnormality is the presence of hyperechoic echogenic nodules at the distal end cholanhiopathy the CBD, which represents edema of the papilla of Vater noted on ERCP[ 3839 ]. Chronic biliary infection from opportunistic pathogens seen in AIDS cholangiopathy initiate the dysplastic process in the biliary epithelium, leading to development of cholangiocarcinoma.

In our patient, MRCP showed a dilated common bile duct and subtle irregularities of the intrahepatic ducts. An initial chest X-ray evealed a right lower lobe patchy infiltrate versus atelectasis.

Ursodeoxycholic acid for symptomatic AIDS associated cholangiopathy.

The classic laboratory profile in AIDS cholangiopathy is an alkaline phosphatase that is five- to wids the upper limit of normal and a moderate increase in transaminase levels.

CD4 count, severity of cholangiopathy, cholangioapthy sphincterotomy for decompression of the biliary tract each have no effect on mortality. Abdominal pain is typically more severe when papillary stenosis is present [ 5 ].

This may explain why the features of AIDS cholangiopathy are independent of the associated opportunistic infection [ 9 ]. InCello identified four patterns of cholangiographic features resembling primary sclerosing cholangitis PSCincluding papillary stenosis, long extrahepatic aidd, acalculous cholecystitis, and intrahepatic and extrahepatic sclerosing lesions[ 15 ]. Cryptosporidium parvum has also been linked to the development of sclerosing cholangitis in other immunocompromised patients such as those with X-linked hyper IgM syndrome [ 5 ].


Ursodeoxycholic acid in the treatment of AIDS-associated cholangiopathy. Substantial weight loss is also seen commonly, while pruritus is uncommon.

AIDS Cholangiopathy.

A Grade B Very good: Though albendazole has been used with some success in disseminated Enterocytozoon intestinalis infection including wids, the therapeutic effect seems to be transient[ 49 ].

She was otherwise entirely asymptomatic.

In addition to imaging features, biopsy will often show an inflammatory infiltrate that is rich in T4 lymphocytes in primary sclersoing cholangitis while aaids cells are depleted in AIDS patients. December 25, First decision: The condition was first recognized in by Pitlik et al[ 11 ] and Guarda et al[ 12 ] among immunocompromised humans.

However, although it has been isolated in the bowel cholahgiopathy, it has never been detected in the biliary epithelium. Isospora is a well-known opportunistic pathogen in AIDS patients associated choolangiopathy chronic diarrhea; however, its association with AIDS cholangiopathy is relatively underestimated[ 31 ].

Celiac plexus block as treatment for refractory pain related to sclerosing cholangitis in AIDS patients. The patient had a 30 pack-year history of smoking but had quit 3 years earlier. Hepatobiliary abnormalities of AIDS.

The intrahepatic findings in AIDS cholangiopathy are comparable to those seen in primary sclerosing aaids PSC with a beaded appearance and a diminished arborization or pruning of peripheral branches. Epidemiology, determinants, and management of AIDS cholangiopathy: Epidemiological studies show that C. The value of endoscopic sphincterotomy has been evaluated in multiple case series. Number of Hits and Downloads for This Article. View at Google Scholar J. Treatment of opportunistic infections is surprisingly ineffective in halting the progression of sclerosing cholangitis and papillary stenosis.