Cholestatic hepatitis occurs when the tiny channels that carry bile from liver cells become inflamed and blocked. This means bile can't flow from the liver to the gallbladder. This condition may occur because of gallstones or another blockage in the system. Or it may be a rare complication of hepatitis A.
Cholestatic hepatitis is associated with severe itching. Your doctor can tell you about non-prescription medicines to help stop the itching.
Cholestatic hepatitis goes away on its own in almost all cases. There is no treatment other than rest, a balanced diet, and avoiding alcohol. The illness can last weeks or months. But a return to normal health is expected.
Last Revised: October 24, 2012
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine & W. Thomas London, MD - Hepatology
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