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What are the symptoms and complications of choledochal cysts?
In infants, choledochal cysts usually lead to obstruction
of the bile ducts and retention of bile. This leads to jaundice and an enlarged
liver. If the obstruction is not relieved, permanent damage may occur to the
liver - scarring and cirrhosis - with the signs of portal hypertension
(obstruction to the flow of
blood through the liver) and ascites (fluid
accumulation in the abdomen). There is an increased risk of cancer in the wall of the cyst.
In older individuals, choledochal cysts are more likely
to cause abdominal pain and intermittent episodes of jaundice and occasionally cholangitis
(inflammation within the bile ducts caused by the spread of bacteria from the
intestine into the bile ducts). Pancreatitis also may occur. The cause of these
complications may be related to either abnormal flow of bile within the ducts or
the presence of gallstones.