Other Names for this Disease
- Congenital polycystic dilatation of intrahepatic bile ducts
- Caroli disease isolated
- Cystic dilatation of the intrahepatic biliary tree
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 It may present with recurrent bacterial cholangitis, biliary stones causing biliary pain or episodes of pancreatitis. Age of onset is variable and mainly females are affected. The more common variant of this disease, Caroli syndrome, is characterized by dilations of the large bile duct in association with congenital hepatic fibrosis. Patients with Caroli syndrome may present with signs and symptoms of portal hypertension, bacterial cholangitis, hepatomegaly, splenomegaly, esophageal varices, and gastrointestinal hemorrhage. Caroli syndrome may be found in association with autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease, autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease, medullary sponge kidney, and medullary cystic disease. Caroli disease may be sporadic or autosomal dominant, whereas Caroli syndrome is generally transmitted in an autosomal recessive manner.Caroli disease is a rare disorder characterized by abnormal widening of the large intrahepatic bile ducts.
Last updated: 5/19/2011
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- Caroli Disease. National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). 2006; http://www.rarediseases.org/rare-disease-information/rare-diseases/byID/606/viewAbstract. Accessed 5/18/2011.
- Caroli Disease, Isolated. Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM). 2011; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/omim/600643. Accessed 5/18/2011.
- The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) has a report for patients and families about this condition. NORD is a patient advocacy organization for individuals with rare diseases and the organizations that serve them.
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- Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) is a catalog of human genes and genetic disorders. Each entry has a summary of related medical articles. It is meant for health care professionals and researchers. OMIM is maintained by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
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