The Role of Various Laboratory Parameters and Imaging Associated with Obstructive Jaundice in Cholangiocarcinoma

Sri Suryo Adiyanti, Rustadi Sosrosumihardjo

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Cholangiocarcinoma is the second most common primary liver malignancy with a global increase ofincidence and mortality. The mean age at presentation is 50 years. Patients with cholangiocarcinoma usuallywill have symptoms of obstructive jaundice followed with supporting laboratory and imaging findings. Thepredominant clinical feature of extrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma is biliary obstruction resulting in jaundice; while intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma causes symptoms of intrahepatic mass including abdominal pain in right upper quadrant and other tumor-related symptoms such as cachexia and malaise. The diagnosis and stagingof cholangiocarcinoma require multidisciplinary approaches including laboratory, radiological, endoscopicapproaches and analysis on pathology. This case report describes a patient with a cholangiocarcinoma based on results of endoscopic retrogradecholangiopancreatography (ERCP) imaging. In addition to a diagnosis tool, ERCP can also be a therapeuticmodality for placing stent to reduce symptoms of cholestasis. There were supporting laboratory findings suchas increased bilirubin level, alkaline phosphatase (ALP) and gamma glutamyltransferase (GGT) levels as wellas increased level of tumor markers such as carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA), carbohydrate antigen (CA) 19-9and cytological examination.
Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Indonesian Journal of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Digestive Endoscopy
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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