Liver and intrahepatic bile ducts - nontumor
Biliary tract disease

Author: Komal Arora, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 6 November 2017, last major update May 2012

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Definition / general
  • Elevated serum alkaline phosphatase (present in bile duct epithelium and hepatocyte canalicular membrane), elevated serum bilirubin
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Bile pigment within hepatic parenchyma (green brown bile plugs), also within Kupffer cells, foamy degeneration of hepatocytes, bile duct proliferation (proliferation of epithelial cells and looping / reduplication of ducts), concretions, periportal neutrophils
  • Late: bile lakes, portal tract fibrosis
Microscopic (histologic) images

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