bile plug syndrome

bile plug syndrome

A condition characterised by a plug of thick, inspissated bile and mucus, which may obstruct the common bile duct (CBD); it is more common in sick premature infants requiring long-term parenteral nutrition.
 
Clinical findings
Anaemia, jaundice, hepatomegaly.

Diagnosis
Ultrasonography, dilated intrahepatic ducts, exploratory laparotomy, operative cholangiography.
 
Management
Irrigation of CBD.
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