Jonathan S. Evans, Donald E. George, Daniel Mollit

Biliary Infusion Therapy in the Inspissated Bile Syndrome of Cystic Fibrosis

  • Gastroenterology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology and Child Health

SummaryA 3.5‐month‐old white boy was born with meconium ileus, peritonitis, and jejunal atresia from cystic fibrosis. He subsequently developed unrelenting and severe extrahepatic biliary obstruction as demonstrated by liver biopsy showing periportal inflammation, cholestasis, and fibrosis. Surgical exploration confirmed the diagnosis of extrahepatic biliary obstruction by severely inspissated bile. A cholecystostomy tube was left in place. The cholestasis remained unresponsive to conservative medical therapy. The obstruction was relieved by hydrostatic infusion of 2% N‐acetylcysteine into the biliary tree over a 6‐day period. The child also received concurrently four i.v. injections of synthetic cholecystokinin. This therapeutic modality was thought to be both safe and effective.

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