Increased liver stiffness in extrahepatic cholestasis caused by choledocholithiasis

Anca Trifan, Catalin Sfarti, Camelia Cojocariu, Mihaela Dimache, Maria Cretu, Catalin Hutanasu, Carol Stanciu, Yeon Seok Seo

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Background: Extrahepatic cholestasis that is caused by benign and malignant diseases has been reported to increase liver stifness (LS), as measured by transient elastogra-phy (TE).Objectives: The aim of this study was to evaluate LS in patients with extrahepatic cholestasis due to choledocholithiasis before and after endoscopic sphincterotomy and stone removal.Patients and Methods: LS was measured by TE (Fibroscan) in patients with extrahepatic cholestasis that was caused by choledocholithiasis before and 1 month after endoscopic sphincterotomy and successful stone removal.Results: We studied 12 patients (7 females, 5 males), aged 36 to 76 years (mean age 57.1 ± 11.6 years), with extrahepatic cholestasis that was caused by choledocholithiasis. LS was increased in all patients (range: 6.2-18.4 kPa; mean: 8.9 ± 3.5 kPa) before endoscopic therapy. Successful biliary drainage was efected by sphincterotomy and stone removal in all patients, which led to a signifcant decline in LS to 3.9-8.1 kPa (Mean: 5.6 ± 1.2 kPa; p < 0.001) within a mean observation time of 29 days. The decrease in LS values correlated signifcantly with a decline in serum total bilirubin levels (r = 0.691; p < 0.0001).Conclusions: Extrahepatic cholestasis due to choledocholithiasis increases LS and should be excluded before assesing liver fbrosis by transient elastography

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)372-375
Number of pages4
JournalHepatitis Monthly
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2011 May 1



  • Extrahepatic cholestasis
  • Liver stiffness
  • Transient elastography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology
  • Infectious Diseases

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Trifan, A., Sfarti, C., Cojocariu, C., Dimache, M., Cretu, M., Hutanasu, C., Stanciu, C., & Seo, Y. S. (2011). Increased liver stiffness in extrahepatic cholestasis caused by choledocholithiasis. Hepatitis Monthly, 11(5), 372-375.