Korean J Gastrointest Endosc.  2007 Oct;35(4):287-291.

A Case of Surgical Treatment of Tuberculous Cholangitis and Lymphadenitis with Obstructive Jaundice due to Progressive Stricture of Bile Duct

  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Gachon University Gil Medical Center, Incheon, Korea.
  • 2Department of Surgery, Gachon University Gil Medical Center, Incheon, Korea.


Obstructive jaundice is most commonly attributed to a malignancy or stones affecting the common bile duct. Biliary tuberculosis and lymphadenitis around the periportal area have also been implicated but cases are quite rare. A 24 year old man presented with jaundice and abdominal pain for 3 days. Abdominal CT and ERCP revealed a stricture of the extrahepatic bile duct with multiple enlarged lymph nodes showing necrotic foci located at the periportal area. The colonoscopic biopsy showed evidence of M. tuberculosis. The patient was treated with ERBD insertion and oral anti-tuberculosis therapy. However, the abdominal pain recurred and there was progressive stenosis of the common bile duct. A bile duct resection with choledochojejunostomy was subsequently performed. Frozen sections revealed granulomatous inflammation with caseation necrosis, which was consistent with tuberculosis. We report a case of tuberculous cholangitis and lymphadenitis with obstructive jaundice that was managed surgically due to the progressive stricture of the bile duct.


Biliary tuberculosis; Tuberculous lymphadenitis; Obstructive jaundice
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