Cholangitis is also known as ascending cholangitis and as acute cholangitis.
Cholangiolitis is the medical term for inflammation of the bile ducts.
(Recall that the suffix -itis usually indicates "inflammation" of the part of the body referred to by the earlier part of the word. In this case the prefix cholangio- refers to the bile ducts.)
Cholangiolitis generally occurs as a result of obstructions to the bile ducts, e.g. due to stones or even surgical interventions.
Symptoms of cholangiolitis can include:
- intermittent fever
- intermittent jaundice
- rigor (i.e. sudden instance of shivering and sensation of coldness at the same time as rapid increase in body temperature - not to be confused with "rigor mortis" which occurs in the hours after death.)
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